Inside the Tesla Model S, Image Credit: Tesla
NVIDIA, which is Tesla Motors' supplier for the Visual Computing Modules (VCM), is also working on autonomous driving technology.
NVIDIA's approach is different from conventional methods and relies someewhat on artificial intelligence.
As Tesla abandons MobileEye hardware, NVIDIA is hinted as a possible new supplier for new generation Autopilot.
"In contrast to the usual approach to operating self-driving cars, we did not program any explicit object detection, mapping, path planning or control components into this car. Instead, the car learns on its own to create all necessary internal representations necessary to steer, simply by observing human drivers.
The car successfully navigates the construction site while freeing us from creating specialized detectors for cones or other objects present at the site. Similarly, the car can drive on the road that is overgrown with grass and bushes without the need to create a vegetation detection system. All it takes is about twenty example runs driven by humans at different times of the day. Learning to drive in these complex environments demonstrates new capabilities of deep neural networks.
The car also learns to generalize its driving behavior. This video includes a clip that shows a car that was trained only on California roads successfully driving itself in New Jersey."
The CEOs of both companies have already talked about autonomous driving in an interview with NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang: