Volvo is the first customer of Nvidia’s new Drive PX 2, autonomous drive computer

Volvo is the first customer of Nvidia’s new Drive PX 2, autonomous drive computer

Nvidia has unveiled a new, lunchbox-size super-computer for self-driving cars and said Volvo Car Group will be the new device’s first customer.

Volvo, of Sweden, is owned by China’s Geely Automotive Holdings.

Nvidia made the announcement at the beginning of the Consumer Electronic Show here. Calls to Volvo’s spokesman in China were not immediately answered.

The new Drive PX 2, said company CEO Jen-Hsung Huang, has computing power equivalent to 150 MacBook Pro computers, and can deliver up to 24 trillion “deep learning” operations – allowing the computer to use artificial intelligence to program itself to recognize driving situations – per second.

Partnerships between automakers and Silicon Valley companies on self-driving technologies are taking center stage at this year’s show.

Also on Monday, General Motors Co. announced a $500 million investment in ride-sharing service Lyft.

Huang didn’t offer revenue projections for Drive PX 2, but automotive is the fastest-growing business segment for Nvidia, whose largest revenue source is video games.

Recently, Nvidia had released version 1.0 of two software development kits (SDKs) called Nvidia GameWorks VR and Nvidia DesignWorks VR which are optimised to work along with Nvidia’s own GeForce and Quadro line of GPUs for VR gaming as well as VR production.

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