Mercedes-Benz has partnered with tech giant NVIDIA to develop and install a next-generation computing platform on its vehicles.
The architecture, the German automobile giant says, will come as a standard across all its cars from 2024 onwards, and enable seamless driving and parking automation functions, just like Tesla's popular EVs.
According to a release put out by the companies, the next-generation computing system will rely on NVIDIA's Drive AGX Orin system-on-a-chip (SoC) and a full Drive AGX software stack.
The Orin technology, to note, is based on the GPU maker's recently-announced Ampere supercomputing architecture and is capable of delivering up to 200 trillion operations per second while using less power.
Automated driving of regular routes from address to address
With this autonomy, Mercedes-Benz will be able to automate "driving of regular routes" with a human constantly being in the loop. The system will also track the driver's eyes, head to assess their focus/drowsiness and use audio/visual/haptic alerts to return their attention to the road.
Among other things, the in-vehicle architecture will also enable Mercedes vehicles to receive over-the-air (OTA) updates like smartphones.
The capability has long been available on Tesla vehicles but is a rarity for the other automobiles. It will be a crucial change for Mercedes-Benz, and will allow the automaker to improve the features, from range to automation, of its cars years after the initial purchase.
Cars will be enhanced, developed over time, says NVIDIA's CEO
"We're going to revolutionize the car ownership experience," said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. "Every future Mercedes-Benz with the NVIDIA DRIVE system will come with a team of expert AI and software engineers continuously developing, refining, and enhancing the car over its lifetime."