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Nvidia CES 2016 press conference

Nvidia is kicking off CES 2016 with a press conference expected to focus on automotive and graphics technology.

  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 2:41:35 AM
    The world is filled with a huge variety of objects that the Deep Learning network needs to learn
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 2:42:07 AM
    Focusing on object recognition now, but will move to recognizing circumstances in the future.
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 2:42:59 AM
    Nvidia's work in real-time computer graphics made this new work possible
  • Lori Grunin 1/5/2016 2:43:10 AM
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 2:43:38 AM
    Sneak peek of Driveworks demo
  • Lori Grunin 1/5/2016 2:43:50 AM
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  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 2:44:52 AM
    Driveworks seems to be a sensor fusion platform, taking camera imagery and LIDAR sensor data from around a car, along with GPS and the car's own CANBUS data for speed
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 2:45:54 AM
    Jen-Hsun points out this demo has six cameras and four LIDARS, but you could use different sensor configurations
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 2:46:36 AM
    Drive PX has to process the input from all these sensors continually
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 2:47:31 AM
    This demo shows them processing recordings of this sensor data live.
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 2:48:08 AM
    Now showing how the car preceives all the LIDAR data
  • Lori Grunin 1/5/2016 2:48:15 AM
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 2:48:25 AM
    Recorded on Highway 101 near Nvidia headquarters in Santa Clara, California.
  • Lori Grunin 1/5/2016 2:49:13 AM
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 2:49:24 AM
    This demo is deep, showing how Driveworks processes the camera imagery
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 2:49:39 AM
    8,000 points on each camera at 30 fps
  • Lori Grunin 1/5/2016 2:49:59 AM
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  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 2:50:40 AM
    Drive PX uses this sensor data to develop a virtual view of the world around it
  • Lori Grunin 1/5/2016 2:51:24 AM
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 2:52:00 AM
    The Occupancy map, created by the computer, tells the car which places around it are occupied by other objects, pretty important for self-driving
  • Lori Grunin 1/5/2016 2:52:29 AM
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 2:52:44 AM
    This is really fascinating stuff, but much deeper technically than you are likely to get at any other CES press conference
  • Lori Grunin 1/5/2016 2:53:26 AM
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 2:53:46 AM
    Now showing in the demo how Drive PX not only recognizes objects around it, but can also identify what they are such as SUVs in the lanes around the Drive PX car
  • Lori Grunin 1/5/2016 2:54:12 AM
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 2:54:38 AM
    What's cool is that these demos are based on real-world data gathered by Nvidia on the roads in Santa Clara.
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 2:55:20 AM
    Jen-Hsun pointed out that GPS isn't good enough for self-driving, that you also need this sensor data processed in real-time.
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 2:56:11 AM
    The demo now shows how the Drive PX car computes which paths it might take for lane changes based on the sensor data
  • Lori Grunin 1/5/2016 2:56:21 AM
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 2:56:53 AM
    Path-planning requires a huge amount of computation, too
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 2:57:56 AM
    How does a human driver develop confidence about the car's self-driving capabilities.
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    Drive PX includes a visualization element to show drivers what it is seeing
  • Lori Grunin 1/5/2016 2:58:35 AM
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 2:59:06 AM
    We have a giant fake dashboard on stage showing what a future dashboard might look like
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 2:59:36 AM
    Shout out to Here, the digital mapping service now owned by BMW, Daimler and Audi
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 3:00:16 AM
    Now showing video of a real car driving down the road, along with an image of what the car sees
  • Lori Grunin 1/5/2016 3:00:46 AM
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 3:01:04 AM
    "We don't need rear-view mirrors anymore" says Jen-Hsun, because the sensors show you what's happening all around the car
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 3:01:48 AM
    That visual element is actually very refined, much nicer than the scatter patterns I've seen in previous self-driving car systems
  • Lori Grunin 1/5/2016 3:02:09 AM
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 3:02:11 AM
    Here are the specs for Drive PX 2 compared to Titan X
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    Drive PX 2 has power equivalent to six Titan Xes
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    2,800 images per second processing capability
  • Lori Grunin 1/5/2016 3:03:36 AM
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 3:03:42 AM
    The Drive PX 2 computer is the part that would be installed in a car, a board about a foot long
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 3:04:26 AM
    It processes all the sensor data and determines pathing for the car, sending signals to accelerator, steering, and brakes
  • Lori Grunin 1/5/2016 3:05:11 AM
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 3:05:23 AM
    Liquid cooling seems to give Drive PX 2 automotive quality, meaning it can survive intense heat and cold
  • Lori Grunin 1/5/2016 3:05:34 AM
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  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 3:06:14 AM
    Volvo is the first company to deploy Drive PX 2
  • Lori Grunin 1/5/2016 3:06:26 AM
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 3:06:35 AM
    Jen-Hsun says Volvo will be its first partner for this technology
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 3:07:30 AM
    Okay, Jen-Hsun winds it up and thanks everyone
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 3:07:56 AM
    And I thank you, too, for joining in this very technical, but very fascinating, presentation
  • wayne.cunningham 1/5/2016 3:08:08 AM
    Good night!
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