Even though it is best known for manufacturing processors and graphics cards, Nvidia is now taking a step into the autonomous vehicles industry. California’s Department of Motor Vehicles has granted Nvidia permission to test the company’s self-driving technology on public roads. Needless to say that the tech giant did not waste any time and started its experiments shortly after being granted permission.
California Department of Motor Vehicles’ official website is now listing Nvidia under the companies that benefit from a permit to test its driverless car technology in the state in the Testing of Autonomous Vehicles web page.
Other large auto companies that have been previously listed on the same webpage are Tesla Motors, Volkswagen, and Mercedes-Benz. Hence, Nvidia takes its place alongside major tech companies like Baidu USA and Google also features on the California DMV official website.
Even though the graphics card manufacturer doesn’t look like it would be the best fit for self-driving car development, mainly because of the industry it is known to be a part of, the company has displayed a lot of interest and commitment to the advancement of the autonomous car technology.
Jen-Hsun Huang, the Nvidia CEO and co-founder, unveiled the Drive PX2 platform earlier in 2016, during the 2016 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show. The platform was said to be the most powerful engine on the globe to embed artificial intelligence into autonomous vehicle systems.
Baidu is also referred to as “China’s Google”. In September 2016, Nvidia announced that the Drive PX2 platform will power Baidu’s driverless cars in the future.
Shortly after the company has received approval to test its self-driving technology, Nvidia did not hesitate in doing so. According to The Verge, a reader took pictures of a Nvidia branded driverless car undergoing a series of tests in the Bay Area. All of this happened on the same day the California state granted Nvidia permission to take its driverless car on a test drive.
Thanks to the Silicon Valley-based companies that have taken a special interest in developing and consequently testing the driverless cars, California has been regarded for a long time as a hotbed for advancing the autonomous vehicle industry.
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