This will allow tests to be carried out on virtual rather than real roads.
NVIDIA has announced that its Drive Constellation autonomous driving simulation platform is ready for use and the first automaker to test it in action will be Toyota.
The Drive Constellation cloud platform, first announced by CEO Jensen Huang last year, will enable testing on virtual rather than real roads. This will make it possible to simulate a variety of situations, from routine to dangerous. At the same time, according to the statement NVIDIA, this approach guarantees greater efficiency, economy and safety compared to traditional methods. It saves a lot of time, because you can quickly simulate any situation that would take a lot of work to create in the real world.
Advanced Research Institute Toyota (TRI-AD) will be Drive Constellation's first customer. The automaker is already using the NVIDIA Drive AGX Xavier computer to test unmanned vehicles in the real world and is helping NVIDIA develop simulation technologies for unmanned systems. It is assumed that the cooperation of the companies will allow the development of artificial intelligence, which can be used on a variety of types of unmanned vehicles.
The Drive Constellation system consists of two separate cloud components. Constellation Simulator uses NVIDIA GPUs to run software called Drive Sim, which simulates a realistic world that feeds data to the virtual machine's sensors. Then the second part of the Constellation Vehicle, running the Drive AGX car computer, processes the received data, which allows you to find out how the car would behave in such a situation.
Drive Constellation will be available to any developer. Companies working on self-driving technologies will be able to present their own simulation scenarios and evaluate the results on their computers.