NIVIDIA Drive PX ready in May, Musk chats up self-driving connected cars

NividadirvepxtodayNVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang at the 2015 GPU Technology Conference announced the NVIDIA’s DRIVE PX self-driving car computer platform release date and chatted with Elon Musk.

ElonmuskMusk says that what NVIDIA is doing with Tegra is really interesting and really important for self-driving in the future and noted in the distant future, legislators may outlaw driven cars because they’re too dangerous.

He then Tweeted later:


Two NIVDIA processors are used in Tesla Motors cars to power the screens.

NVIDIA DRIVE PX is a self-driving car computer with tons of power.

NIVIDIA PX can handle data from 12 camera inputs and advanced driver assistance features to run simultaneously.

The DRIVE PX  uses “deep learning” to give it advanced capabilities. The development kit has a new deep neural network software called DIGITS, as well as video capture and video processing libraries. The deep neural network learns through experiences.

NIVIDIA claims its self-driving system extends well beyond the hardware found in any car, without all that extra electronic junk in the trunk.

The DRIVE PX development platform will be available in May to automakers, tier 1 automotive suppliers and research institutions with a $10,000 price tag.

One of NIVIDIA’s partners has even announced plans to send off its self-piloted cars across the United States which must be Delphi.

DRIVE PX’s twin NVIDIA Tegra X1 processors deliver 2.3 teraflops of performance.

Musk likened the self-driving car to the automated elevator, “I think it’s going to become normal, like an elevator. There used to be elevator operators and then we came up with circuitry so the elevator knew to come to your floor. Cars will be like that.”