NVIDIA is not only making an artificial intelligence platform for cars and waiting for someone to make a car, they have revealed that they are partnering with Audi where the two companies will work together and make AI-powered cars. You will be able to see the fruit of their collaboration through an experimental Q7 SUV that has learned to drive itself in three days and it will be seen around CES’ Gold Lot, but this collaboration has some big plans ahead.
Their ultimate plan is to manufacture Audi cars with Level-4 autonomy which is full autonomy outside extremes road conditions by the end of 2020 which is only 3 years later and it is more aggressive then other German automakers.
The roadmap to reach this ambitious goal is still not clear and they have kept everyone in dark about it. There are a lot of unanswered questions like will these be cars you can buy, or just test mules? Even if it’s not quite as earth-shattering as NVIDIA makes it out to be but it surely represents a big milestone for the companies driverless techs ambitions. These companies have collaborated in the past before so Nvidia’s partnership with Audi is understandable, it shows that the automaker is willing to stake the future of its autonomous vehicles on NVIDIA’s hardware.