Autonomous Vehicle Development Now Speedier with NVIDIA DRIVE PX on Wheels

by Shri Sundaram

Self-driving cars will make transportation easy. But building an autonomous vehicle is arduous.

That’s why we’ve partnered with AutonomouStuff, a supplier of components used within autonomy systems, to make DRIVE PX on Wheels available to researchers and developers working to revolutionize transportation.

DRIVE PX on Wheels is a kit available in three flavors — advanced, basic and custom — that makes the transition to autonomy as smooth as possible. Each comes with a vehicle configured by AutonomouStuff with sensors and our end-to-end autonomous driving platform, that’s ready to go on day one, allowing developers to focus on creating their own self-driving solutions.

DRIVE PX installed in the trunk of the car.

Enabling Self-Driving Solutions

The advanced kit begins with a Ford Fusion, which is loaded with a NVIDIA DRIVE PX AI car computer, as well as cameras, LIDAR, radar, navigation sensors and a drive-by-wire system.

The NVIDIA DriveWorks software development kit (SDK), which comes pre-installed in DRIVE PX, gives developers a foundation for building applications, including computationally intensive algorithms for object detection, map localization, and path planning. AutonomouStuff installs DRIVE PX, so that developers can instantly access the reference applications, tools and library modules in the SDK.

The advanced kit offers an extensive array of sensors and peripherals for data acquisition, storage, and development of applications ranging from Level 3 to Level 5 autonomy. Instead of spending months setting up sensors or calibrating software, developers can jump straight to building their own applications.

The Advanced kit features a Ford Fusion.

Customized Kits for Specialized Development

A basic kit is also available. It includes a Polaris GEM compact electric car, as well as DRIVE PX, DriveWorks, cameras, navigation sensors and a drive-by-wire system. This entry level kit is an affordable option for many development needs. It’s ideal for applications like low speed campus shuttles in hospitals, colleges, factories and other similar scenarios.

The Basic kit includes the Polaris GEM.

For specific research and development needs, AutonomouStuff will configure a custom kit for any vehicle. This provides flexibility with placement and choice of sensors. From the advanced kit to the basic kit, there is a wide spectrum of possible sensor configurations for a development vehicle.

Several universities and startups are using DRIVE PX on Wheels, making it easier than ever to use our self-driving car platform to combine surround vision, sensor fusion and artificial intelligence. Each kit provides the hardware, software, and tools developers need to get started. Visit AutonomouStuff to learn more.

Photos courtesy of AutonomouStuff.