Nvidia Is the Latest to Suspend Self-Driving Car Tests

Laverne Mann
March 28, 2018

Today at GTX 2018, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang announced that the company halted all public self-driving vehicle testing worldwide until further notice, though it's still operating manually-driven vehicles with its AI technologies so it can continue to capture real-world data and work to make these systems safer. News of Nvidia's self-driving auto testing suspension was first reported by Reuters.

Nvidia Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) announced that it would be halting its self-driving auto tests for a moment in order to ensure the safety of people on the road.

Nvidia announced it was working on the technology at last year's summit.

Nvidia has revealed Drive Constellation, a virtual reality autonomous vehicle simulator that aims to hasten development of self-driving software. "DRIVE Constellation for virtually testing and validating will bring us a step closer to the production of self-driving cars". "Safety is the single most important thing".

Constellation relies on two different types of server, one running Drive Sim software to simulate photorealistic data from self-driving vehicles' sensors, such as lidar and cameras. The second server contains the NVIDIA DRIVE Pegasus AI auto computer that runs the entire software stack in an autonomous driving vehicle.

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"With virtual simulation, we can increase the robustness of our algorithms by testing on billions of miles of custom scenarios and rare corner cases, all in a fraction of the time and cost it would take to do so on physical roads", said Rob Csongor, vice president of automotive at Nvidia, in a statement. (NVDA) announced on Tuesday that it will suspend its self-driving auto tests around the world.

Huang also introduced the next generation of Nvidia's Drive PX platform, named Orin, built using multiple Pegasus platforms. Driving commands are fed back into the simulator, creating a feedback loop that can be used to validate algorithms.

The idea of self-driving cars is gaining a lot of traction these days, but the incident in Arizona may put the idea of autonomous cars on hold for a while.

It remains to be seen how effective Nvidia DRIVE Constellation is at putting self-driving cars through the paces and how that testing translates into the real world.

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