Roborace to integrate NVIDIA Drive Pegasus in self-driving race cars
Roborace announced it will extend its collaboration with NVIDIA as it upgrades its Robocars to the new NVIDIA Drive Pegasus AI car platform, which is designed for Level 5 fully self-driving vehicles. NVIDIA Drive is an artificial intelligence (AI) platform that spans from the cloud to the car. Drive Pegasus—launched in October 2017 with more than 10x the performance capabilities of its predecessor, performing 320 trillion operations per second, the computational capability of a 100-server data center in the size of a license plate—will leverage Roborace cars’ current software and substantially extend their capabilities.
NVIDIA has been a technology provider since Roborace announced the Drive PX 2 platform adoption in April 2016.
In mid-December, Roborace performed a live demonstration using the “DevBot” development cars on the streets of Hong Kong. In the demonstration, a human was pitted against an AI driver, using the NVIDIA Drive PX 2 platform, to see who could complete a lap of the Formula E street circuit the quickest./p>
“Roborace will enable motorsport to play an increasingly significant role in the development of technologies which will improve driver performance and ultimately save lives on our roads,” said Bryn Balcombe, Chief Strategy Officer, Roborace. “Cognitive power will soon rival horsepower as an automotive performance measure, and the NVIDIA Drive Pegasus sets a new benchmark which will enable Roborace to extend competitions well beyond the confines of traditional circuit racing.”
“Roborace is pushing the limits of AI technology and delivering autonomous driving experiences that have never been achieved before,” said Danny Shapiro, Senior Director of Automotive, NVIDIA. “The advances made with NVIDIA technology in motorsport will accelerate adoption of autonomous vehicles on public roads, making daily travel safer and more enjoyable.”
Roborace was created to help drive the development of autonomous technologies at a faster rate and increase their adoption into road cars. The company will exhibit the Robocar in the NVIDIA booth at CES in Las Vegas, North Hall, booth 7019.