ROBOTS ON THE TRACK
NVIDIA to Host Roborace Championship Event for Self-Driving Cars
At this year's edition of NVIDIA GTC (GPU Technology Conference), Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of NVIDIA, talked broadly about how the company's GPUs were making massive headway in the world of self-driving autonomous vehicles.
To that end, Jen-Hsun announced that NVIDIA would soon play host to the Roborace Championship, the world's first race event for autonomous, self-driving cars. As its namesake suggests, the event will see up to 10 teams with two cars each (in total, 20 cars) participating and competing with each other on the race track, but without the presence of a driver inside said cars.
To keep things fair, each vehicle will be identical to one another, and will be powered and controlled by a Deep Learning AI, which in turn will be powered by NVIDIA's Pascalbased Drive PX2 supercomputer. The Drive PX2 first made its debut during CES 2016. With all that computing power, NVIDIA said that its new self-driving racer would be able to learn how to drive around a track far quicker than other self-driving cars, the more it drives around them.
Additionally, the design of the car was the brainchild of Daniel Simon, the man behind the design of the light cycles in Tron: Legacy. NVIDIA hopes to host its first Formula E season sometime in 2016 and 2017.
The car design is out of this world.