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Launched by ex Google employee Chris Urmson, it's now working on a new self-driving vehicle platform based on Nvidia tech.

"Nvidia Drive Xavier is a key element of Aurora's computer, delivering the performance needed to power our self-driving system, said Aurora CEO Chris Urmson".

A year after unveiling the Xavier autonomous machine intelligence processors, Nvidia has now started shipping the Xavier processors to customers this quarter.

The systems can be updated throughout the life of the vehicle via software updates, and can gain new capabilities as further developments are made in autonomous driving, Volkswagen said.

According to Tech Crunch, "Nvidia will power artificial intelligence technology built into its future vehicles, including the new I.D. Buzz, its all-electric retro-inspired camper van concept". And the company's also adding a few marquee names to its list of self-driving technology customers, including Uber and VW.

The company just took the wraps off Drive Xavier: an incredibly powerful system-on-a-chip (SoC) meant to power the next generation of autonomous vehicles. "Autonomous driving, zero-emission mobility, and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning". CNET reported that one of the items on the roadmap is a computer vision system that can recognize auto owners when they approach and automatically unlock the door.

Today NVIDIA and Baidu today that they are creating a production-ready AI autonomous vehicle platform designed for China, the world's largest automotive market. And with our unified architecture, all previous NVIDIA DRIVE software development carries over and runs, Shapiro says. In total, Nvidia is now collaborating with more than 320 companies on self-driving vehicle and truck initiatives worldwide, including carmakers, auto parts suppliers and information technology firms.

Volkswagen also announced an expansion of its partnership with the chipmaker at CES to bring self-driving tech to its cars going forward. It will help the so-called "Smart copter" has better capabilities based on data from sensors located inside and outside the auto.