Nvidia is putting Artificial Intelligence (AI) supercomputers into the cars that will compete in the Roborace Championship, the first global autonomous motor sports competition.
Part of the new Formula E ePrix electric racing series, Roborace pits 10 teams, each with two driverless cars, against each other in one-hour races.
The teams will have identical cars, conceived by auto designer Daniel Simon, the man behind Tron: Legacy’s light cycles, who presented the keynote at DEVELOP3D LIVE in 2014. The only difference will be the software that ‘drives’ the cars.
Nvidia says its Drive PX 2 supercomputer provides the processing power of 150 MacBook Pros, enough to incorporate input from a vast array of sensors — radar, lidar, cameras, GPS and high-definition mapping, for starters.
The supercomputer has so-called deep learning capabilities — which use GPUs to help machines learn from the world around them — so they will get better the more they race. They are expected to reach speeds of 300kph (186mph).