Nvidia, Baidu team up to build self-driving car AI

Baidu and Nvidia have teamed up to announce the use of artificial intelligence to build a cloud-to-car autonomous car platform. While Baidu plans to use the technology for its own fleet of cars, it also wants to make it available for global car makers.


The new partnership would mean combining Baidu’s cloud platform and mapping technology along with Nvidia’s self-driving computing platform to build solutions for HD Maps, Level 3 autonomous vehicle control and automated parking, claims an Nvidia blogpost.

“We’re going to bring together the technical capabilities and the expertise in AI and the scale of two world-class AI companies to build the self-driving car architecture from end-to-end, from top-to-bottom, from the cloud to the car,” Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said.

“We can start applying these capabilities to solve the grand challenges of AI, one of which is intelligent machines. One of the intelligent machines we would like to build in the future is the self-driving car,” he added.

The aim is to make driving safer. And reduce the number of traffic fatalities while making transportation accessible to everyone including elderly, disabled and children.

However, The Verge points out, “This won’t be a fully autonomous driving system, however. The companies are only shooting for Level 3 autonomy, which is sort of like the awkward teenage stage of self-driving. It means a car can drive itself in some, but not all, circumstances; humans won’t need to closely monitor the car’s driving, but a human driver will need to take over here and there.”