Graphics chips designer, Nvidia Corp is going to partner with Uber, Volkswagen and Baidu, Chinese web Service Company to develop self-driving cars. This is an attempt by Nvidia’s artificial intelligence unit to expand into the autonomous vehicle trade. The company is already in trusts with carmaker Tesla for creating the technology of driverless cars.
At 2018, Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas, CEO of Nvidia Jensen Huang announced that the instantaneous decisions taken by Uber’s self-driving cars operate on Nvidia technology. Since their first test on Volvo SC90 SUVs in 2016, Uber has been utilizing Nvidia’s GPU (graphics processing unit) computing system. Talking about the progress of Uber’s autonomous driving program, Nvidia claimed that in the past 100 days, one million miles had been covered. Huang also revealed that self –driving start-up Aurora will be using Nvidia’s latest Xavier processor in their vehicle systems. The Xavier processor which is also called as Volta is a highly advanced form of artificial intelligence with a faster and comprehensive structure. In the coming months, Nvidia will distribute powerful processors that will entail 30 trillion operations per millisecond with the usage of only 30 watts of power supply.
Volkswagen is said to incorporate Nvidia’s Drive IX platform, an artificial intelligence technology in their upcoming cars. This mechanism will provide a smart co-navigator facility determined by sensor data inside and outside the car. Drive IX will enhance the car with features like unlocking through facial recognition, gesture controls and voice assistance.
Globally, around 320 companies, including software designers and automakers are working in collaboration with Nvidia towards developing the driverless technology. Charting its growth, this Silicon Valley company will emerge as a leader in chips for driverless vehicles, data houses and artificial intelligence.
Sources: CNBC, Reuters
Talking to reporters on a conference call, Chief Executive of SpaceX, Elon Musk informed the reporters about first privately funded tourist journey around moon by late 2018.
The passengers traveling would be using a spaceship, currently developing for NASA astronauts and yet to be flown heavy-lift rocket.
Elon Musk refused to name the tourists who would be flying and also declined to tell the amount the tourists would be paying for this journey. However, he did confirm that none would be from Hollywood. The tourists’ identities which are kept secret, are known to each other and are undergoing extensive training for the mission.
Musk said, “I think there’s a market for one or two of these per year.” He also estimated that the revenue generated by space tourist could be upto 12 per cent.
The tourists would be flying 480,000 to 640,000 km from Earth, passing the moon and again entering the Earth’s gravitational pull which would pull the spaceship back into the atmosphere of the earth providing for the parachute landing. This trajectory is similar to Apollo 8 mission conducted by NASA IN 1968.
- REUTERS- http://in.reuters.com/article/us-space-spacex-tourists-idINKBN1662HJ
- INDIA TODAY-http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/spacex-first-paying-tourists-around-moon-next-year/1/893043.html
After teasing about the master plan on Twitter, Elon Musk, CEO Tesla, has finally revealed that the company will move towards fully autonomous driving, car sharing and cargo transport, revealed the blog on Tesla website.
The company has said that it will prioritize heavy duty trucks and high-passenger density urban transport development.
After discreetly changing the website URL from teslamotors.com to now simply tesla.com, it goes to show that Tesla will not remain merely a car company.
Musk also quotes on his website that Tesla’s ultimate ambition is to “accelerate the advent of sustainable energy.”
Musk has also expanded the company guide by explaining a road-map which includes development of a sports car, using profits achieved from that to make an affordable car, using those profits to in turn build a less expensive car and in all of this also provide for zero emission electric power generation options reported the TechCrunch
Musk also hinted that Tesla would one day, compete with the likes of Uber and Lyft for personal transportation as well. He also explained the SolarCity acquisition in his blog post, for which he was pressurized to reveal the rationale.