3 Reasons Why Computers Will Drive Better Than You

by Danny Shapiro

More than 10 million cars on the road today are powered by NVIDIA. Step into our booth in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the CES 2016 tradeshow and we’ll convince you that we’re just getting started.

We’re not just focused on cars at this year’s CES. We’re focused on telling a story about how our technologies are helping automakers build smarter vehicles, fusing next-generation sensors to give drivers new levels of confidence and, ultimately, give cars the intelligence to navigate for themselves.

The result: cars with capabilities that are, literally, superhuman. Here’s what you’ll find:

1. Sensor Fusion Visualization Integrated in a Mercedes GLE — We’ll show how DRIVE PX uses camera and lidar data fused for more accurate, real-time pedestrian detection.

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Mercedes GLE with real-time pedestrian detection, on display in monitor above the car.

2. Autonomous Driving — We’re showing how DRIVE PX can be used to handle input from a GPS system, six cameras, four lidar sensors, among other sources — and create a 3D reconstruction of the environment around the car. This system can handle object detection and tracking with deep learning. We’ll also demonstrate how this system can plan a safe path forward through traffic.

CES 2016 NVIDIA booth DRIVE CX demo
NVIDIA DRIVE PX and CX combine to provide drivers a 3D model of the world around the car.

3. Automotive Deep Neural Network Performance — You’ll see how our NVIDIA DriveNet deep neural network software and cuDNN technologies tackle industry-standard reference data sets such as KITTI, CityScapes, as well as our own NVIDIA data set.

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NVIDIA DriveNet is able to accurately identify and paint the world around a car, pixel by pixel.

Of course, there’s a lot more to our automotive story. But with so many partners showing off NVIDIA-powered cockpits at this year’s CES, we’ll let them tell that story.