If you’re a gamer, you’re likely already well familiar with NVIDIA. The California-based company has been developing computer graphics technology for over two decades. NVIDIA has recently been moving into other sectors, developing chips used for cryptocurrency mining and even telecommunications technologies for vehicle navigation and entertainment systems. Now, in yet another development that should have the transportation industry scared for its very existence, NVIDIA has announced this week that the company is partnering with Uber to develop chipsets for autonomous vehicles.
The announcement was made at the CES 2018 technology show in Las Vegas. A big theme of CES this year has been autonomous vehicles, with many big-name tech firms showing off their latest advances in self-driving cars. Uber has already logged hundreds of thousands of miles in their autonomous vehicles, but this new partnership is about reaching a new level of advanced transportation powered by artificial intelligence and next generation safety features.
In a press release, NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang says that this partnership isn’t just about the next big thing in tech or making it easier to catch a drunken cab ride home from your office Christmas party. Instead, Huang says, the deal is about re-shaping the future of human society as we know it:
The future of transportation will be transformed by mobility services. Convenient, affordable mobility-as-a-service will reshape cities and society, and help support the billion-person increase in the world’s population over the next decade. Autonomous vehicles are the critical technology to making mobility services pervasive. We’re thrilled to be working with Uber to realize this vision.
A lofty goal, to be sure, but it can’t be denied that self-driving vehicles will usher in many changes to how we go about our lives and even how we build our cities. As more and more tech firms make similar announcements, it’s time to wonder: will our children even need to learn how to drive?