Image: I.D. Buzz concept
Nvidia has announced that Volkswagen has been added to its growing list of partners. The Silicon Valley Company estimates that more than 320 companies now use its self-driving technology, including Uber, Tesla, and Audi.
At CES 2018, Volkswagen CEO Dr Herbert Diess and Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang discussed the possibilities for the new VW MicroBus, the I.D. Buzz. The reincarnation of the iconic bus is to feature AI technology which will allow self-driving and a range of exciting new features. Sensors inside and outside the vehicle make processes such as facial recognition for unlocking the I.D. Buzz, alerts for bicycles, and voice control possible. Improvements and further features would be made available via software updates.
“Artificial intelligence is revolutionising the car,” said VW CEO Diess. “Autonomous driving, zero-emission mobility and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning. Combining the imagination of Volkswagen with Nvidia, the leader in AI technology, enables us to take a big step into the future.”
Huang added, “In just a few years, every new vehicle should have AI assistants for voice, gesture and facial recognition as well as augmented reality. Working with Volkswagen, we are creating a new generation of cars that are safer, more enjoyable to ride in than anything that has come before, and accessible to everyone.”
Volkswagen plans to start launching the I.D. family, which will start to introduce autonomous technology by 2020, with a target of more than 20 electric vehicles to be on the market by 2025.
Uber has also started talking about its partnership with Nvidia, although it has been using the technology for a while. The company plans to use the self-drive tech in fleets of Volvos and in autonomous trucks.