DHL signs up to autonomous delivery driving trial

DHL signs up to autonomous delivery driving trial

Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL), the world's largest delivery company, announced today at Nvidia's GPU Technology Conference 2017 that it's teaming up with the GPU manufacturer to bring autonomous delivery vehicles to the road in 2018. The company goes as far as saying vehicles built around Pegasus' technology could eschew steering wheels, pedals, or mirrors, thereby offering increased flexibility to automotive designers. The GPGPU approach to self driving is quickly gaining popularity and NVIDIA is one of the few companies on Earth that can scale performance faster than you can make use of it. This is a level 5 system but it is also compatible with level 3 and level 4 systems too.

That's enough to allow it to operate a "level 5" driverless vehicle, a fully autonomous auto with no need for any pedals or even a steering wheel - these vehicles will be like an office pod (or mobile living room) whisking you to work (and letting you work during your commute). Nvidia Pegasus consists of four AI processors including Nvidia's two latest generation Xavier system-on-a-chip model integrated with embedded Nvidia Volta GPU, and two next-generation discrete GPUs created to increase the rate of deep learning and computer vision.

Currently, the trunks of these vehicles resemble small data centers, NVIDIA noted in the release, complete with racks of computers with server-class NVIDIA GPUs running deep learning, computer vision, and parallel computing algorithms. Its main aim is to power fully autonomous vehicles with SAE J3016 rating of Level 5 which is the highest tier of driving automation as defined by SAE International. "The future of society will be reshaped", he said. But Nvidia says the Drive PX Pegasus system will hasten the development of so-called "robotaxis".

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"NuTonomy is building for Level 5 and Pegasus is the kind of platform that will be required to support these types of systems".

Pegasus is remarkable not only for the amount of power it can deliver, but also for its ability to make driverless vehicles more energy efficient.

Nvidia echoed this sentiments as the company believes that automating truck delivery services will help avoid accidents without sacrificing delivery time or leading to the exhaustion of a driver.

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