NVIDIA is one of 50 companies — including Intel, Microsoft, and Ford — that has partnered with Baidu over the company’s self-driving car efforts. Baidu has invested significant resources in its Apollo self-driving car initiative, and the Chinese search giant is positioning the program as an open source platform that other car makers can deploy in their own vehicles. Baidu intends to roll out fully autonomous vehicles on the road by 2020, and the agreements signed this week will go a long way in ensuring that.
Baidu is leveraging NVIDIA’s Drive PX 2 AI platform for its autonomous vehicle program. The Chinese giant is deploying NVIDIA’s HGX architecture for AI cloud computing, which sees the company using Volta V100 and Tesla P4 GPUs in its data centers for AI research. NVIDIA will also work on optimizing Baidu’s PaddlePaddle framework to better integrate its Volta GPU architecture.
Finally, Baidu’s DuerOS conversational AI assistant will be bundled with the NVIDIA Shield TV in China, giving local customers the ability to use voice commands to navigate the user interface.
Ian Buck, NVIDIA’s vice president and general manager of accelerated computing, said:
NVIDIA and Baidu have pioneered significant advances in deep learning and AI. We believe AI is the most powerful technology force of our time, with the potential to revolutionize every industry. Our collaboration aligns our exceptional technical resources to create AI computing platforms for all developers — from academic research, startups creating breakthrough AI applications, and autonomous vehicles.
From Baidu’s Qi Lu:
Today, we are very excited to announce a comprehensive and deep partnership with NVIDIA. Baidu and NVIDIA will work together on our Apollo self-driving car platform, using NVIDIA’s automotive technology. We’ll also work closely to make PaddlePaddle the best deep learning framework; advance our conversational AI system, DuerOS; and accelerate research at the Institute of Deep Learning.