NVIDIA and Mercedes partner to create a next-gen car computer

OTA updates will ensure these vehicles stay on the cutting edge.

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Mercedes-Benz, einer der größten Hersteller von Premium-Fahrzeugen, und NVIDIA, der weltweit führende Anbieter von „accelerated-computing“, beabsichtigen bei der Entwicklung eines fahrzeuginternen Computersystems sowie einer KI-Computing-Infrastruktur zu kooperieren. Ab 2024 soll die neue Technologie über alle Mercedes-Benz Baureihen eingeführt werden, um Fahrzeuge der nächsten Generation mit upgrade-fähigen, automatisierten Fahrfunktionen auszustatten. Ziel der geplanten Zusammenarbeit ist es, eine der intelligentesten und fortschrittlichsten Rechnerarchitekturen für alle Mercedes-Benz Baureihen zu entwickeln. Die neue software-definierte Architektur basiert auf NVIDIA DRIVETM und wird in allen künftigen Mercedes-Benz Fahrzeugen zum Standard gehören, um moderne automatisierte Fahrfunktionen zu ermöglichen. // Mercedes-Benz, one of the largest manufacturers of premium passenger cars, and NVIDIA, the global leader in accelerated computing, plan to enter into a cooperation to create a revolutionary in-vehicle computing system and AI computing infrastructure. Starting in 2024, this will be rolled out across the fleet of next-generation Mercedes-Benz vehicles, enabling them with upgradable automated driving functions. Working together, the companies plan to develop the most sophisticated and advanced computing architecture ever deployed in an automobile. The new software-defined architecture will be built on NVIDIA DRIVETM and will be standard in Mercedes-Benz’ next-generation fleet, enabling state-of-the-art automated driving functionalities.
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During a joint press conference held Wednesday, NVIDIA and Mercedes Benz announced that they are teaming up to develop a “revolutionary in-vehicle computing system” for the automakers next generation of luxury automobiles in 2024.

Touted as “the most sophisticated and advanced computing architecture ever deployed in an automobile,” per an NVIDIA press release, this new software system will enable Level 2 and 3 driving autonomy — that’s on par and exceeding the current abilities of Tesla’s Autopilot, respectively — and Level 4 parking autonomy. That means that the vehicle will be able to, by and large, fit itself into parking stalls without any help from the human driver. There will still need to be a human on hand in case things go catastrophically sideways, but under normal conditions, there won’t be much call for them to intercede.

What’s more, the computing system, which is based on NVIDIA’s DRIVE platform, will be able to “automate driving of regular routes from address to address,” according to the release. The most intriguing future feature however will be over-air updates, enabling customers to buy and remotely install additional safety and convenience features, software applications, and subscription services for as long as they own the vehicle. This is similar to how Tesla sells its Enhanced Autopilot upgrades.

“We are excited to work with Mercedes-Benz,” Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA said. “Together, we’re going to revolutionize the car ownership experience, making the vehicle software programmable and continuously upgradeable via over-the-air updates. Every future MercedesBenz with the NVIDIA DRIVE system will come with a team of expert AI and software engineers continuously developing, refining and enhancing the car over its lifetime.”

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