NVIDIA revealed fourth-quarter sales of its automotive computer chips hit a record $93 million, up 18 percent versus the previous quarter and up 68 percent year-over-year. CEO Jen-Hsun Huang elaborated that they shipped chips for around 5 million to 6 million cars and that they have another 20 million to 25 million car chips in their pipeline.
We're working with quite a large number of customers now, car companies, start-up companies, companies that are largely cloud-based and have an enormous amount of data that they could transform into an automotive service, transportation as a service. And so we're working with a whole lot of different types of companies, and I think this is going to be an area of quite a significant industrial revolution; and arguably quite a gigantic society good in the long-term. So anyways we're working on a lot of projects there.
The graphics firm also said that Volvo will be rolling out a fleet of 100 self-driving cars in its hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden in 2017. These vehicles will all use NVIDIA's DRIVE PX 2 solution:
As many of you saw, DRIVE PX 2 is a supercomputing platform the size of a lunch box that processes 24 trillion deep learning operations a second and delivers 8 teraflops of processing power, equivalent to that of 150 MacBook Pros. It is a flexible platform that automotive developers can scale from one to four processors, and it can utilize passive cooling or integrate seamlessly with the water cooling systems of self-driving EVs.
Capable of fusing data from cameras, lidar, radar and ultrasonic sensors, it creates a full 360-degree understanding of what is happening around the vehicle. It localizes the vehicle on an HD map and it determines a safe path forward for using deep learning techniques.