NVIDIA's GPU: Toyota widely adopting for the development of autonomous vehicles

Monozukuri: Musashi Seimitsu Industry commercializes AI systems for automated visual inspection



Toyota and NVIDIA fully cooperate in the development of autonomous vehicles
(Source: NVIDIA)

This report covers the recently announced partnership between NVIDIA Corporation (hereinafter referred to as NVIDIA) and Toyota Motor Corporation (hereinafter referred to as Toyota) and Musashi Seimitsu Industry Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as Musashi Seimitsu Industry).

Toyota has partnered with NVIDIA since 2017. In March 2019, at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) held in San Jose, California, NVIDIA announced that Toyota will adopt NVIDIA's DRIVE Constellation cloud-based autonomous vehicle simulation platform. The collaboration between the two companies will cover a wide range of activities for the end-to-end development to commercialization of autonomous vehicles. Toyota will be NVIDIA’s first automaker customer to adopt its Constellation platform.

On the Toyota side, Toyota, the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), and the Toyota Research Institute - Advanced Development (TRI-AD) will collaborate with NVIDIA to develop, train and validate self-driving vehicles. In March 2018, Toyota established TRI-AD in Tokyo in collaboration with Denso and Aisin Seiki to jointly conduct research and develop software for autonomous driving technologies.

Musashi Seimitsu Industry is a tier 1 supplier of high-precision auto parts for automobiles and motorcycles. The company is seeking to improve productivity by incorporating NVIDIA's Jetson AGX Xavier embedded system-on-module (SoM) developer kits for the automated visual inspection process in manufacturing. In addition, the company is developing "Self-Driving Vehicles (SDV)" for applications both within and outside of manufacturing plant environments. The company plans to start productivity improvement projects for both of these new business areas.

At the 3rd annual Artificial Intelligence · AI EXPO held in Tokyo April 3-5, 2019, Musashi Seimitsu Industry announced that it is establishing Musashi AI Ltd. as a joint venture with Israel-based SixEye Interactive Ltd. SixEye Interactive specializes in providing SaaS (Software as a Service) with a particular focus on the AV, lighting, and entertainment environment, and will jointly develop AI algorithms for Musashi Seimitsu Industry’s automated visual inspection machine and self-driving vehicle (SDV) control systems.

☆ NVIDIA offers SoC (System-on-a-chip) processors, known as the “DRIVE AGX Xavier" for autonomous vehicles (AV) and the "Jetson AGX Xavier" for robots.

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