Most of the buzz around the future of automotive has been centered on the physical autonomous cars themselves rather than the technology that will quite literally be driving them.
Yesterday, Nvidia, the leader in visual computing, shifted the focus onto the technology responsible for making cars autonomous in the first place. In their blog, Nvidia introduced Parker, their new mobile processor that “delivers class-leading performance” and supports essential features of the automotive market such as deep learning, hardware-level virtualization, error processing, and feature-rich IO ports for automotive integration.
These traits make one thing clear: nothing compares to Parker. This processor is going to power Nvidia’s previously released autonomous driving platform, DRIVE PX 2, which more than 80 carmakers including Volvo have already agreed to use for their autonomous collections.
Parker is bound to revolutionize autonomous car making and take center stage in this next generation of future vehicles. But will it be the only branded option for carmakers? Or will it open the door for competitors like Intel to invent processors that even exceed Parker’s capabilities?