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Volkswagen I.D. BUZZ to use Nvidia technology for AI co-pilot capabilities

ABR Staff Writer Published 09 January 2018

German automaker Volkswagen has partnered with chip-maker Nvidia to introduce artificial intelligence (AI) in its future models.

At the 2018 International CES, the companies shared their vision for how AI and deep learning will shape the development of a new generation of intelligent Volkswagen vehicles.

Volkswagen recently showcased its ID Buzz, the re-imagined electric version of MicroBus. The vehicle has been infused with AI technology for cockpit and self-driving.

Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess said: "Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the car. Autonomous driving, zero-emission mobility and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning.

"Combining the imagination of Volkswagen with NVIDIA, the leader in AI technology, enables us to take a big step into the future."

The intelligent co-pilot capabilities include convenience and assistance systems based on processing sensor data from both inside and outside of the car. The systems can be enhanced throughout the vehicle’s life time with software updates and can gain new capabilities with further developments that can result in autonomous driving.

With deep learning capabilities, cars in the future can learn to accurately assess situations and analyze behaviours of others on the road and enable in making right decisions.

Building on Nvidia DRIVE IX Intelligent Experience platform, the AI-enabled features including facial recognition for unlocking vehicles from the outside, driver alerts for bicycles, gesture recognition for user controls, natural language understanding for voice control and gaze tracking for driver distraction alerts are possible.

Nvidia founder and CEO Jensen Huang said: "In just a few years, every new vehicle should have AI assistants for voice, gesture and facial recognition as well as augmented reality.

"Working with Volkswagen, we are creating a new generation of cars that are safer, more enjoyable to ride in than anything that has come before, and accessible to everyone."

ID Buzz is part of ID family with which the company will launch its electric car and will gradually introduce autonomous driving from 2020. More than 20 fully electric vehicles are being planned for 2025.

The new models are based on the company’s new MEB car architecture, which is claimed to be geared towards zero-emissions, digital mobility and make use of electric drive’s overall package benefits.

By using a battery that gets integrated flat in the chassis floor and compact drive system, they can provide generous interior.

Image: Volkswagen’s new ID Buzz electric car. Photo: Courtesy of Volkswagen.