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Fully Autonomous Cars Are Four Years Away: Nvidia CEO

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【Summary】According to Jensen Huang, the CEO of Nvidia, fully-self-driving cars vehicles will be on the road within the next four years.

Original Vineeth Joel Patel    Nov 02, 2017 10:45 AM PT
Fully Autonomous Cars Are Four Years Away: Nvidia CEO

At the moment, the majority of automakers are aiming for 2020 and 2021 as the prime date for the release of fully-driverless vehicles. Audi is planning to unveil its driverless A9 e-tron in 2020,  while Mercedes-Benz aims to have its fleet of autonomous taxis on the road by 2020, as well. Other automakers are a little more hesitant, aiming for 2021 as the release date of their driverless vehicles. Ford, BMW, and Volvo and Autoliv fall into the latter group. 

Seems crazy, right? Modern semi-autonomous cars are pretty good at driving on their own, but there are a lot of kinks that still need to be worked out. But, according to a report by The Next Web, fully-autonomous vehicles could be the on road within the next four years. 

Ready Or Not, Autonomous Cars Are Coming

As The Next Web reports, Jensen Huang, the CEO of Nvidia, announced that fully driverless vehicles will be on the road in "no more than four years." While that's a little alarming, it's right on track for the majority of automakers. The news, though, does solidify the fact that fully autonomous vehicles are coming out in the near future. 

"It will take no more than four years to have fully autonomous cars on the road," Huang told the media after a company event in Taipei reports Reuters. "How long it takes for the vast majority of cars on the road to become that, it really just depends."

Nvidia Leads The Autonomous Segment

If any company would know an exact timeline for the release of autonomous vehicles it would be Nvidia. The company, which is best known for making graphics cards for computers, is one of the leaders in the autonomous car scene. The technology company recently revealed the Nvidia Drive PX Pegasus that's capable of handling up to Level 5 autonomy. A lot of automakers looking into creating an autonomous vehicle are utilizing Nvidia's computers, like Audi with the new A8

Nvidia, as the report citing Morningstar claims, will hold a 66-percent stake in the global artificial intelligence market by 2021, making the company the go-to place for automakers and companies looking to develop self-driving cars. The company also has its own AI-based program called Drive PX2 that, as The Next Web reports, is the first AI brain to be able to handle autonomy.

While Nvidia may be one of the most well-known companies putting out technology that's capable of helping cars drive on their own, its not the only one that's working on Level 5 capability. With multiple automakers and technology companies working on fully driverless cars, it's only a matter of time until one of them cracks the code and releases one that doesn't need a human driver behind the wheel. 

via: The Next Web, Reuters

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