Building a car is one thing, but developing all the requisite software systems is another – especially if that car is designed to drive itself. That's why Toyota has teamed up with Nvidia to develop a system capable of handling the huge amounts of sensor data that autonomous cars need.

It goes without saying, autonomous cars will generate huge amounts of data. Cameras, combined with radar and LiDar sensors are all necessary to work out what's going on with the traffic, and all that information needs to be processed and understood within fractions of a second.

Toyota will be working with Nvidia to develop the necessary "Drive PX AI" computing platform for autonomous driving. The artificial intelligence platform will be used to better break down the massive amount of data produced by the sensors on its cars, and use it to develop self-driving systems that work in a broad range of scenarios.

"Toyota has worked on autonomous driving technologies for over 20 years with the aim of reducing traffic fatalities to zero as an ultimate goal, achieving smoother traffic, and providing mobility for all," says Ken Koibuchi, Executive GM at Toyota. "Through this collaboration, we intend to accelerate the development of autonomous driving systems that are even more safe and capable."

Source: Nvidia