NVIDIA Drives New Direction for Vehicles
January 5, 2015

NVIDIA Drives New Direction for Vehicles

LAS VEGAS – Transporting the world closer to a future of auto-piloted cars that see and detect the world around them, NVIDIA introduced NVIDIA DRIVE automotive computers, equipped with powerful capabilities for computer vision, deep learning, and advanced cockpit visualization.

NVIDIA will offer two car computers: NVIDIA DRIVE PX , for developing auto-pilot capabilities, and NVIDIA DRIVE CX , for creating advanced digital cockpit systems. These automotive-grade in-vehicle computers are based on the same architecture used in today's most powerful supercomputers.

"Mobile supercomputing will be central to tomorrow's car," said Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO and co-founder, NVIDIA. "With vast arrays of cameras and displays, cars of the future will see and increasingly understand their surroundings. NVIDIA DRIVE will accelerate the intelligent car revolution by putting the visual computing capabilities of supercomputers at the service of each driver." 

The NVIDIA DRIVE PX auto-pilot development platform provides the technical foundation for cars with completely new features that draw heavily on recent developments in computer vision and deep learning.

DRIVE PX leverages the new NVIDIA Tegra X1 mobile super chip, which is built on NVIDIA's latest Maxwell GPU architecture and delivers over 1 Tflop of processing power, giving it more horsepower than the world's fastest supercomputer of 15 years ago. DRIVE PX, featuring two Tegra X1 super chips, has inputs for up to 12 high-resolution cameras, and can process up to 1.3 gigapixels per second

The NVIDIA DRIVE CX cockpit computer is a complete solution with hardware and software to enable advanced graphics and computer vision for navigation, infotainment, digital instrument clusters and driver monitoring. It also enables Surround-Vision, which provides an undistorted top-down, 360-degree view of the car in real time, solving the problem of blind spots, and can completely replace a physical mirror with a digital smart mirror.

Available with either Tegra X1 or Tegra K1 processors, and complete road-tested software, the DRIVE CX can power up to 16.8 million pixels on multiple displays–more than 10 times that of current model cars.

Both NVIDIA DRIVE PX and DRIVE CX platforms include a range of software application modules from NVIDIA or third-party solutions providers. The DRIVE PX auto-pilot development platform and DRIVE CX cockpit computer will be available in the second quarter of 2015.