Next week is NVIDIA’s big GTC event, and there will be a ton of content on AI, the metaverse, digital twins, simulations, graphics, and super-computing. It is also the definitive event on autonomous vehicles and robotics, and this is all happening during the Russian attack on the Ukraine which provides an interesting and troubling context to the future of safe driving. I’m specifically talking about the ability to avoid accidents and hostile areas even if you are out of range of a wireless network or that network is no longer functioning.
Let’s talk about the kinds of things you’ll likely see at GTC this year with a focus on autonomous vehicles and robots, and close with how this technology could help people dealing with a catastrophe, be it a war, major weather event, riot, demonstration or other disruption.
This GTC is well-timed considering that, just a few weeks ago, the U.S. NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) approved the first vehicle to drive without a driver. It is a low-speed, public transportation vehicle, but this begins to open the door for driverless cars and trucks. GM has announced it will have autonomous capabilities by mid-decade. Audi recently announced they are already working on Mixed Reality capabilities for their cars, due this summer, which would give people who no longer need to drive something to do.
This segment is under intense pressure as car maker after car maker rushes to ramp up their autonomous driving capabilities and move into the future. NVIDIA has the most comprehensive set of systems ranging from simulation AI creation and training, to vehicle operational technologies that make autonomous driving real.
Their efforts extend beyond individual car manufacturers and promise a future where thousands of lives that are currently lost in accidents could instead be saved, and where the massive shortage in truck drivers no longer contributes to the logistics nightmare the world is experiencing after the impact of the Covid pandemic.
At GTC this year, you’ll be able to see not only the future of driving but the tools that will help the industry to design, build and deliver the driving and automated trucking and transportation technology of tomorrow.
– Rob Enderle, The Enderle Group
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