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Nvidia says the new self-driving platform to hit streets next year

The logo of technology company Nvidia is seen at its headquarters in Santa Clara, California, February 11, 2015. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

(Reuters) – Nvidia Corp on Monday announced at a auto-pilot platform with artificial intelligence technologies, that can provide the next level of self-driving cars by 2020, a further strengthening of its position in the industry.

The chipmaker says that the German automotive suppliers, Continental AG and ZF Friedrichshafen AG [ZFF.UL] will be using the platform in their “level 2+” self-driving systems go into production from next year.

ZF is also the first time the possibility of the use of a chip made by rival Xilinx Inc., together with Nvidia.

The level 2+ autonomous vehicles would be more automation capabilities, such as highway merging, lane change, lane splits, and personal mapping of existing advanced driver assist systems (ADAS).

Nvidia said the platform integrates Xavier system-on-chip (SoC) processors and the software of the Drive for the processing of data from sensors outside the car and inside the cabin.

Station the auto pilot is a part of the Nvidia Drive platform, which is currently being used by hundreds of companies that are involved in self-driving cars – including Uber Technologies Inc. [UBER.UL] and Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE), and also by the developers of the software, auto suppliers, sensor and mapping companies.

Reporting by Sonam Rai in Bengaluru; Editing by shailesh Kuber

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