Audi, Nvidia working on an onboard chip so powerful that it can identify the type of vehicles

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 5, 2015

Things are getting quite interesting in the automotive world and the latest example is the image recognition system adapted by Audi and Nvidia, same used by Facebook, in order to develop an onboard microprocessor that can identify the type of vehicles.

This means that the vehicle’s onboard cameras will be able to tell you what type of vehicles are seen on the roads: sedans, crossovers, trucks or ambulances.

Called Nvidia Tegra X1, the new chip was unveiled yesterday at the 2015 Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas and according to the company’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, the processor will be able to learn the identities of previously unseen objects by transmitting the image back to a central supercomputer.

The vehicles will be identified and the supercomputer will update each vehicle’s library of images. As a result, almost all the vehicles found on the roads will be identified.

Although Nvidia refused to give any details if Audi plans to use the new Tegra X1 chip, company’s Ricky Hudi said that we will see it within a few years on some new models. The chip is expected to replace the K1 processor used by the driverless Audi A7 Sportback.

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