NVIDIA and Mercedes Benz announced a strategic partnership – Mercedes will install NVIDIA technology in all Mercedes models, giving them the ability to have software updates throughout the life of the car. The promise is that it will be “as easy as updating your cell phone’s operating system”.
The more interesting news is that installing NVIDIA technology also means that Mercedes Benz vehicles will have Artificial Intelligence (AI) software and surround sensors to make use of it (Autonomous vehicle AI is useless without sensors to tell it what’s going on around the vehicle). So the new Mercedes should be able to have automated parking, as well as be able to autonomously drive regular routes (did you ever want to catch a nap while commuting?). Naturally there will be advanced driver assist features and collision avoidance features that are already part of high end Mercedes vehicles.
NVIDIA is a leader in autonomous vehicle software and computing systems, so Mercedes will have the best technology available. Apparently the technology will also include driver monitoring, and the car will warn you if your eyes are not on the road, or if your eye-blink rate indicates that you are tired. A Brave New World indeed.