Volkswagen and NVIDIA have shared their vision for how AI and deep learning will shape the development of a new generation of intelligent Volkswagen vehicles using the 'NVIDIA DRIVE IX' platform to create 'new cockpit experiences and improve safety'.
At CES 2018, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess and NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang discussed on stage how AI is transforming the auto industry and highlighted the new I.D. Buzz, Volkswagen's rebirth of the VW MicroBus, reimagined in electric car form and infused with AI technology for the cockpit and self-driving.
"Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the car," Diess said. "Autonomous driving, zero-emission mobility and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning. Combining the imagination of Volkswagen with NVIDIA, the leader in AI technology, enables us to take a big step into the future."
"In just a few years, every new vehicle will be expected to have AI assistants for voice, gesture and facial recognition as well as augmented reality," Huang said. "Volkswagen's work with NVIDIA DRIVE IX technology will make that a reality. Together, we are building a new generation of cars that are safer, more enjoyable to ride in than anything that has come before, and accessible to everyone."
The NVIDIA DRIVE IX Intelligent Experience platform is a software development kit for creating AI-enabled applications such as facial recognition for automatically unlocking and opening the vehicle, surround perception to alert the driver to potential hazards, gesture recognition for user controls, natural language understanding for flawless voice control, and gaze tracking for driver distraction alerts.