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Nvidia dives into a new business segment with Drive AutoPilot

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Frank Wilkerson
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Nvidia’s automotive ambitions seemed targeted solely on creating a platform to enable fully autonomous vehicles, notably the robotaxis that so many companies hope to deploy in the coming decade.

It turns out that Nvidia has also been working a more near-term product that opens it up to a different segment in the automotive industry.

The company announced Monday at CES 2019 that it has launched Nvidia Drive AutoPilot, a reference platform that automakers can use to bring more sophisticated automated driving features into their production vehicles.

The Drive AutoPilot system is meant to make those advanced driver assistance system in today’s cars even better.

It enables highway merging, lane changes, lane splits, pedestrian and cyclist detection, parking assist, and personal mapping as well as in-cabin features like driver monitoring, AI copilot capabilities, and advanced in-cabin visualization of the vehicle’s computer vision system.

It also allows for over-the-air software updates, a capability that automakers, with the exception of Tesla, have been slow to adopt.

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