In addition to its Drive Pegasus platform with AI processors, the US technology company Nvidia will also provide the operating software and know-how for the cooperation. The performance data of the components are impressive. Thus, the ECU network achieves a computing capacity of hundreds of billions of operations per second. That is quite necessary, because just the Bosch stereo video camera alone generates around 100 GB of data per kilometer driven. The system architecture is redundant, so that you can fall back on parallel calculation results in case of disturbances. The system to be developed is going to be used in battery-driven electric vehicles.
The partners set ambitious goals for themselves. The technology is supposed to go into production already at the beginning of the next decade. A corresponding shuttle service is to be tested as early as the second half of 2019 on selected public routes in California. This location was chosen because research and development teams from both companies are based there and the roads are wider than in Germany, according to the Stuttgarter Zeitung . The test fleet will be operated by the Group division Daimler Mobility Services.
Only a few days earlier, Daimler announced publicly that it was the first international carmaker to have obtained a permit for the testing of fully automated vehicles on public roads in Beijing. They are working on adapting the technologies to the Chinese traffic environment together with local partners.