Daimler tests robo taxis - on a platform from Bosch and Nvidia

July 11, 2018 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Cars without drivers are nothing completely new in Silicon Valley. Now Daimler is competing with them with an electric vehicle. The luxury car manufacturer will use aa Artificial Intelligence platform developed by Bosch and Nvidia, running Daimler's own algorithms.

One and a half years into their strategic cooperation to develop platforms for automated and autonomous driving (SAE Level 4/5), Daimler and Bosch have announced technical details of this platform. Nvidia is the supplier of the required AI platform - which comes as no surprise, as both Daimler and Bosch (as well as many other automakers and Tier One suppliers) use Nvidia's AI computing platform for developments in connection with the automation of driving. Daimler has also recently introduced an AI-controlled infotainment system for its A-Class, which also uses Nvidia processors.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is regarded throughout the industry as an important component for the complex control unit network of fully automated and driverless vehicles consisting of numerous individual ECUs. In addition to the Nvidia’s Drive Pegasus AI platform, the Nvidia scope of supply for Daimler's self-driving cars also includes operating software. On the platform run the algorithms for vehicle movement generated by Bosch and Daimler using machine learning methods. In total, the ECU network achieves a computing capacity of several hundred trillion operations per second, Bosch said.

Automated driving requires a redundant system architecture and the highest level of functional safety, especially in urban environments. The ECU network therefore must meet these requirements. Here, the information from the various environmental sensors converges with radar, video, lidar and ultrasound technology. A video sensor, such as the stereo video camera from Bosch used here, generates 100 gigabytes of data per kilometer driven, for example.


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