NVIDIA Wins Coveted PACE Award for Its DRIVE PX 2 AI Car Computer

by Danny Shapiro

For the second time in three years, NVIDIA received this week a coveted PACE Award – the automotive industry’s equivalent to the Academy Award – this time for the DRIVE PX 2 AI car computer, a platform for building self-driving cars.

The PACE Awards, are judged by a panel of independent industry experts and given by Automotive News. They recognize “superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance,” according to the publication.

paceaward A total of 13 awards were given at a black-tie gala in Detroit to a dozen international companies. NVIDIA, the only non-traditional auto supplier to be honored, is seen as a transformative force in the transportation industry, leading the way toward safer, more enjoyable driving.

DRIVE PX 2 enables automakers and tier 1 suppliers to accelerate production of automated and autonomous vehicles. It scales from a palm-sized, energy efficient module for AutoCruise capabilities, to a powerful AI supercomputer capable of autonomous driving.

It can understand in real-time what’s happening 360 degrees around the vehicle, precisely locate itself on an HD map, and plan a safe path forward by combining deep learning, sensor fusion, and surround vision.

Among NVIDIA’s growing list of partners working on autonomous driving technology are automakers and truckmakers such as Tesla, Audi, Volvo, and PACCAR, as well as suppliers such as Bosch and ZF.

NVIDIA received its first PACE award in 2015 for its Tegra Visual Computing Module, designed to help automakers integrate cutting-edge mobile technology into their vehicles.