Nvidia Teams Up With PACCAR for Self-driving Trucks

PACCAR manufactures several popular brands of semi truck, and Nvidia is working on the future brains of self-driving cars. Sounds like a perfect match to me.

Nvidia and PACCAR have announced a collaboration, wherein the two companies will work on developing a self-driving truck system. “This is probably largest single mass of a product that we’ve helped make,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of Nvidia, to a crowd at the Bosch Connected World conference.

So far, proof of concept is limited to a single video. It shows a PACCAR truck navigating curvy roads and undergoing simple tasks without a human at the wheel. That’s far from existing alongside humans in traffic, but it’s an important step in making that happen. PACCAR manufactures popular truck models from Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF.

The truck is capable of SAE Level 4 autonomy, which means the truck is capable of driving itself, monitoring the environment and acting as its own fallback, albeit only in certain driving modes. It’s built using Nvidia’s Drive PX 2, a computer built specifically for autonomy. It’s used in Roborace cars, as well as Tesla’s latest iteration of Autopilot.

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SOURCE: Cnet, Andrew Krok