NVIDIA Unveils Future Cars’ Computing Platforms at 2015 CES

Apple and Google may want to integrate phones with the car infotainment system but there are other computing companies that want a slice of the niche. Graphics processing units maker NVIDIA just unveiled their solutions for future cars’ infotainment and even autonomous driving.
NVIDIA Drive CX 1 photo
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Along with unveiling its new Tegra X1 chipset, NVIDIA pulled the wraps off of the Drive CX and Drive PX car computing platforms at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The Drive CX, as you’ll see in the vide bellow, will be used along with compatible hardware and software to provide advanced graphics and computer-like experiences into cars via the navigation, infotainment system and even the instrument cluster, which already tends to be replaced by digital screens nowadays.

Being available with either one or multiple Tegra X1 chipsets, the Drive CX platform is able to handle 16.8 million pixels for multiple display panels, which basically means 4K displays entering the automotive world soon.

Autonomous driving with NVIDIA

Another major element in today’s auto world is the ability of cars to drive themselves and that could be achieved with NVIDIA’s Drive PX computing platform which will provide computer vision to vehicles using two Tegra X1 chipsets.

The platform can support up to 12 high-res cameras, being able to process 1.3 gigapixels per second. This means the car of the future could ditch additional sensors and rely on vide feed to recognize the world around it and act accordingly.

“With vast arrays of cameras and displays, cars of the future will see and increasingly understand their surroundings,” NVIDIA CEO and co-founder Jen-Hsun Huang said at CES. “Whether finding their way back to you from a parking spot or using situational awareness to keep out of harm’s way, future cars will do many amazing, seemingly intelligent things.”

Well, in this case, we’re willing to see the new tech at work. Word is the NVIDIA Drive will roll in high- and mid-range cars starting in the second quarter of 2015.

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