Nvidia Releases Safety Report to NHTSA

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October 24, 2018—Nvidia, a manufacturer of computer graphics cards, released its autonomous driving safety report on Tuesday, reported The Verge. The company is only the fifth company to deliver its voluntary safety report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The report’s release was timed to coincide with Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference in Washington, D.C., this week., according to the report. The report offers few details on Nvidia's public road testing. The company outlines the steps it typically takes before utilizing a self-driving vehicle for testing, such as safety crew training. But the report lacks any up-to-date statistics about miles traveled, or the cities where it tested, The Verge noted.  According to Nvidia's last public disclosure with the California DMV, the company tested two vehicles, and logged 505 miles of autonomous driving. 

In October 2017, the company announced the release of Pegasus, a drive system powerful enough to support full Level 5 automated vehicles that can be operated anywhere and anytime. Earlier this month, Volvo announced that it will use Nvidia’s Xavier computer for its next generation of autonomous vehicles. In June 2017, Autoliv and Volvo partnered with Nvidia to develop advanced self-driving technology. 

Other companies that have released safety reports under the US Department of Transportation's voluntary guidelines include: Waymo, General Motors, Ford, and self-driving startup company Nuro. The majority of companies developing self-driving technology have yet to release their reports. 

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