Volkswagen has entered into an agreement with Nvidia to extend the use of the latter’s artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning capabilities beyond autonomous vehicles. Nvidia has released a series of collaborations with 5 top European companies to expand AI into production.
The bottom line to the new Volkswagen-Nvidia partnership In 2014, VW set up its Munich data lab and has been working hard to advance its AI focus on cars and beyond. In 2016, it hired Professor Patrick VAN Der Smagt to lead the lab in advancing the AI technology to other areas such as enterprise setting.
VW targets using artificial intelligence and deep learning as a platform for advancing new opportunities in the corporate enterprise operations. The car maker has set eyes on AI procedures to assist optimize urban/cities traffic flow. Besides, there are new opportunities for intelligent human-robotics collaboration.
According to Martin Hofmann, the VW CIO, Artificial Intelligence is no doubt, the digital future that will give VW a competitive advantage. “We target deploying high-performance AI systems which have informed the current partnership with Nvidia,” explained Hofmann. In his contribution at the Automobil Elektronik Kongress, Nvidia CEO, Huang Jensen explained that AI type of deep learning technology is fabulous for autonomous vehicle navigation.
VW and Nvidia partnership is anchoring other startups on AI in the Automobile niche In addition to working on its own brands, the partnership between Nvidia and VW is being extended to anchor other startups in the automotive niche. A startup support program specializing in machine learning has been set up with assistance from Nvidia. In addition, the two partners will also be looking for learners using their summer of code program that is ready to roll any moment.
Volkswagen partners with Nvidia to expand its use of AI beyond autonomous vehicles, including self-driving cars. Even as the two penned the agreement, Audi has already made such deal with Nvidia in its new models that will hit the market in 2020. However, the focus of the current partnership is the potential that comes from AI data and technology application. Earlier on in the year, VW signed an agreement with Nvidia to design AI-Cockpit in 12 car models.
Notably, this partnership has not stopped VW from inking another agreement with Qualcomm (a top Nvidia competitor) for the development of smart-car systems. On its part, Nvidia has also inked a deal with Autoliv and Volvo to power self-driving technologies as well as Hella to design safety standards for their autonomous car platform.