NVIDIA to Host Rob­o­race Cham­pi­onship Event for Self-Driv­ing Cars

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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.

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