Nvidia was granted a special permit from the state of California that will allow the company to test its self-driving cars on public state roads.
The race towards a self-driving car seems to be moving further along. As more companies are joining towards reaching the target, more such models have started being tested.
Companies such as Tesla Motors, Google, Drive.ai, and Ford are already testing their vehicles on the Californian roads. Now, Nvidia will also be joining the special permits list.
Nvidia Corporation is a Santa Clara, California-based company. It is specialized in two main products. The first are GPUs or graphics processing units for the gaming industry. Another company product are the SOCs.
SOCs or system on a chip units are used in both the mobile computing and the automotive market. The company is developing an automobile product of its own as it is testing a self-driving car.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles or the DMW has granted the company a permit so as to test its vehicles. Besides giving them the green light to start public road tests, it also comes with a set of rules.
As such, the permit lays specific regulations, in case the vehicle is involved in an accident. If such an event occurs, and driverless cars are involved, the company will have to report it.
The DMW report will target a Report if Traffic Accident Involving an Autonomous Vehicle. It will have to be submitted within 10 business days following the occurrence of the road incident.
Nvidia will also have to present an annual report to the California DMV. This will target the summarizing of the technology disengagements during testing.
DMV, which first started releasing such permits back in 2014, added Nvidia to its growing list last week. On December 8, 2016, the company was officially allowed to start public road tests.
According to both public and media reports, the company did not lose time in using it. Reports about the self-driving Nvidia car sightings have already sprung on a number of media platforms.
The company may or not be considered to be amongst the latest competitors in the autonomous vehicles area. Nvidia revealed its intentions only just last year. It did so by unveiling the Drive PX 2 vehicle.
After its release, the Drive PX 2 was presented as being a self-driving cars supercomputer. Jen Hsun-Huang, company CEO, released a statement on the matter at the time.
He stated that the GPU breakthroughs and modern Artificial Intelligences advances will help enable the appearance of self-driving cars.
Hsun-Huang considers that drivers face an infinitely complex world. As such, the modern technologies should only come help them.
Such technology was used when developing their self-driving vehicles. According to him, the Nvidia GPU is central to supercomputing and deep learning.
The advances in such areas will help create a future autonomous vehicles’ “brain”. As such, these cars should be continuously aware and alert to the driving environment.
Before being granted the public roads permit, Nvidia tested its self-driving vehicles in other environments. These included private roads and car parks.
The company will also be the 20th receiver of the state permit. Michigan may also become a new self-driving vehicles contestant. On Friday, the state adopted a series of laws that should promote such AI-powered vehicle testing.
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