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Mercedes-Benz and NVIDIA to build computing architecture for automobiles

The software-defined architecture will be built on NVIDIA DRIVETM and will be standard in Mercedes-Benz? next-generation fleet, enabling state-of-the-art automated driving functionalities. (Image source: Mercedes-Benz)

Mercedes-Benz and NVIDIA have collaborated to create an in-vehicle computing system and AI computing infrastructure in the automobile sector

Starting in 2024, this is set to be rolled out across the fleet of next-generation Mercedes-Benz vehicles, enabling them with upgradable automated driving functions. 

The software-defined architecture will be built on NVIDIA DRIVETM platform and will be standard in Mercedes-Benz?s next-generation fleet, enabling automated driving functionalities. A primary feature will be the ability to automate driving of regular routes from address to address. 

In addition, there will be numerous future safety and convenience applications. Customers will be able to purchase and add capabilities, software applications and subscription services through over-the-air software updates during the life of the car.

Ola K?llenius, chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG, added, ?This new platform will become an efficient, centralised and software-defined system in our future Mercedes-Benz vehicles. NVIDIA?s AI computing architecture will help us streamline our journey towards autonomous driving. These new capabilities and upgrades will be downloaded from the cloud, improving safety, increasing value and extending the joy of ownership for all Mercedes-Benz customers.? 

Boosting computing architecture in automobile

The computer system-on-chip (SoC), called Orin, is based on the recently announced NVIDIA Ampere supercomputing architecture. The NVIDIA DRIVE platform includes a full system software stack designed for automated driving AI applications. NVIDIA and Mercedes-Benz will jointly develop the AI and automated vehicle applications that include SAE level two and three, as well as automated parking functions (up to level four). 

The new system?s sophisticated capabilities will be harnessed with a total focus on safety. As the technology and regulatory framework develop, it will be possible for every car to be updated over-the-air to enable new automated driving functions. Convenience as well as other safety features will be available.

The companies will be utilising NVIDIA DRIVE Infrastructure solutions to enable data-driven development and deep neural network development to handle the requirements of the regions and operational domains where the cars will be available.