Mercedes to Rollout Nvidia Driverless Platform

Mercedes-Benz plans to rollout Nvidia’s autonomous driving software platform across its entire fleet starting in 2024.

The automaker says the two companies have been working together to develop what it claims is the most sophisticated and advanced computing architecture ever deployed in an automobile. This will be built on the Nvidia Drive platform and will be standard in Mercedes-Benz’s next-generation fleet.

A primary feature will be the ability to automate driving of regular routes from address to address. In addition, there will be numerous future safety and convenience applications. Customers will be able to purchase and add capabilities, software applications and subscription services through over-the-air software updates during the life of the car.

The computer system-on-a-chip, called Nvidia Orin, is based on the recently announced Ampere supercomputing architecture. The platform includes a full system software stack designed for automated driving AI applications. Both companies will jointly develop the AI and automated vehicle applications that include SAE level 2 and 3, as well as automated parking functions up to Level 4.

Ola Källenius, chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz AG, said: “This new platform will become an efficient, centralized and software-defined system in our future Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Nvidia’s AI computing architecture will help us streamline our journey towards autonomous driving. These new capabilities and upgrades will be downloaded from the cloud, improving safety, increasing value and extending the joy of ownership for all Mercedes-Benz customers.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


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