Nvidia makes further inroads to automotive industry

October 10, 2018 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Many car manufacturers are now working in some way with Nvidia's powerful graphics chips and AI platforms. At its current GTC technology conference, the company announced two more design ins in automotive environments: The certification company TÜV Süd intends to accelerate the approval of autonomous vehicles using Nvidia technology in the future. And Volvo also relies on a platform from the Californian chip manufacturer for automatic driving functions.

Due to the large number of driving situations to be tested, simulation will play a central role in the homologation of automated vehicles in the future. The German certification company TÜV Süd, Nvidia and the developer of drive systems AVL GmbH from Austria are starting a cooperation to validate the simulation as a method for vehicle registration. The goal: to define safety requirements, critical driving scenarios and the necessary evaluation criteria and to establish simulation as a testing tool.

In addition to conventional driving tests, simulation will play a central role in the future. For almost every possible driving situation - TÜV Süd experts estimate 100 million situations per fully automated driving function - it must be ensured that the vehicle reacts correctly and safely at all times. In order to master this high number, scalable verification and verification methods are necessary. TÜV Süd, Nvidia and AVL are working together to validate and establish the simulation as a release tool. "Together we are facing the challenge of how digital homologation can look and be implemented in the future," says Houssem Abdellatif, Global Head Autonomous Driving at TÜV Süd. The findings are to be applied to vehicle development in the future.


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