In a positive move, Toyota is strengthening its ties with Nvidia as the automaker gets ready to ramp up its autonomous vehicle development program, according to a report by TechCrunch. Speaking at the 2019 GPU Technology Conference, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang announced that Toyota’s Research Institute is using the chipmaker’s full end-to-end development and production to develop, train and validate its autonomous vehicle technology.
This partnership is likely to strengthen the ties between Toyota, Nvidia, TRI-AD in Japan and Toyota Research Institute in the United States.
As per the new agreement, Toyota will use Nvidia’s platform for training deep neural networks, testing, validation and eventual deployment for its cars. The company is also planning to use Nvidia’s recently released AV simulator Drive Constellation and it is also the first customer to use Constellation, a cloud-based platform that enables autonomous vehicle developers to test their technology in the virtual world.
Speaking about the close partnership with Toyota, Danny Shapiro, Nvidia’s senior director of automotive said, “Close collaboration is really our business model. It’s our way of developing jointly and building the Nvidia drivers platform.”
It is not something new for auto giant which has been collaborating with Nvidia for quite some time. In 2017 the auto giant announced that it would use Nvidia’s Drive PX supercomputer, a platform with a processor called Xavier, to power the autonomous driving systems inside its future cars.
The main aim of Toyota is to deploy fully autonomous cars that would be of big help for the elderly and physically disabled. The company is also working on a system called the ‘Guardian’, which will run in the background and keep an eye on the driver and at the same time sense and anticipate problems.
Toyota is just one of the many partnerships that Nvidia has been involved in since it launched its supercomputer platform called Drive PX.