Jensen Huang, Nivida CEO: “No more than 4 years to have fully autonomous cars on the road”

The era of autonomous cars is coming as the AI development is progressing faster and faster. Last Thursday Jensen Huang, the CEO of Nvidia was courageous enough to boldly announce that fully autonomous vehicles will are going to be heading for our roads in “no more than four years.”

2008This bold statement can be very shocking for some people. However, there are actually a few companies working on it, and the list is getting longer as the time passes. We all thought that driverless cars are still a far future, it is not a case anymore, those who are still in denial should open their eyes and understand that we are almost there.

This is a pretty big deal. Nvidia, who you may know as a leader in the gaming industry for designing graphics-processing chips, is actually one of the biggest players in the autonomous cars. It has been some time already since we observed that Nivida has been opening up and starting to explore other markets and industries in recent years has been expanding into newer technologies including high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, and self-driving cars. With this further expansion, Nivida becomes, without nobody noticing it, the most important chip manufacturer for AI systems. By 2021, Nivida is expected to get into possession of 66% stake in the global AI market, predict experts form Morningstar. Nivida is also launching a new Drive PX2 platform, which ships next year and is the first AI “brain” capable of full autonomy.

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Self-driving cars have become a massive topic in recent years, and statements that we will be witnessing their arrival very son had already emerged a few times in the past. A few of automotive manufacturers such as Tesla, Ford, Audi, GM and Nissan actually confirmed that they are capable of releasing a self-driving car in 4-5 years time.  Other hi-tech companies are also investing and working on artificial intelligence and may be willing to go into the self-driving car race. Apple, Google, Uber and a high number of Chinese companies are currently working on driverless cars and predict that it will be possible to achieve their goal in the next few years too. There is only one problem with predictions, they are just predictions. We honestly don’t know when exactly can we expect a new generation of cars, we can only say that this moment is approaching fast, It is always better to rely on information and thoughts of the people actually building autonomous vehicles. The automotive industry improves its technology, as the current solutions are insufficient.

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History and future of autonomous cars

1994 – the VaMP research vehicle (Bundeswehr and Munich University) independently ran the 1000 km on the motorway.

2012 – Google acquired the first license for a self-driving car which can actually drive on the streets. Today the company’s vehicles have traveled 3 million km.

2016 – Changes in the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic allowing the use of automatic driving functions.

2019 – Golf VII is to be equipped with an autopilot capable of driving up to 130 km / h.

2024 -2025 – According to estimates, the self-driving cars with a fully automatic driving function (without the driver) will finally appear on our streets.

2030 – vehicles with fully automated driving will be able to account for up to 25 percent. of all cars.

Are we all waiting for self-driving cars?

Well, we all do, however… We will have to take into account the availability of such a product. In the beginning, prices will naturally skyrocket, and this type of cars will be affordable only for the richest. But at some point, if the use of self-driving cars will become prominent it may save a lot of lives by letting computers handle the complicated stuff. Everyone has an opinion on autonomous car technology, but the most important statement is a fact: 94% of all automobile accidents are caused by human error.


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