Mercedes and Nvidia to develop future automated driving software

By CARSIFU | 24 June 2020

STUTTGART: German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz together with the inventor of the graphics processing unit Nvidia have entered into collaborative works to create an in-vehicle computing system and artificial intelligence (AI) computing infrastructure by 2024.

By then, the new software will be rolled out across the German carmaker's fleet of next-generation vehicles which will give them upgradeable automated driving functions.

The companies plan to develop the most "sophisticated and advanced" computing architecture ever deployed in a vehicle.

The new software-defined architecture will be built on Nvidia's Drive platform and will be included as standard across Mercedes-Benz’ next-generation fleet.

A primary feature will be the ability to automate driving of regular routes from address to address with future safety and convenience applications.

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Customers will be able to purchase and add capabilities, software applications and subscription services through over-the-air software updates during the life of the car.

The platform is a computer system-on-chip (SoC) known as Orin and is based on the recently announced Nvidia Ampere supercomputing architecture that includes a full system software stack designed for automated driving AI applications.

The two companies will jointly develop the AI and automated vehicle applications that include SAE Level 2 and 3 levels, as well as automated parking functions (up to Level 4).

The new system’s capabilities will be fully based on safety with the future ability for every car to be updated over-the-air to in order to enable new automated driving functions along with convenience and other added safety features.

Utilising Nvidia's Drive infrastructure solutions, it will enable both companies to employ the use of data-driven development and deep neural network development to handle the requirements of the regions and operational domains once the cars are available.