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Chitty chippy Bosch dosh, and hopefully no bang

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Bosch has announced a new partnership with Nvidia to develop artificial intelligence self-driving systems for autonomous vehicles on a mass market scale.

Speaking at Bosch ConnectedWorld, CEO Volkmar Denner unveiled the new system, as his company continues its journey into the world of sensors, software and services. As part of the partnership, Bosch joins ZF as another tier one supplier that will sell Nvidia’s technology to automakers.

“Self-driving cars is a challenge that can finally be solved with recent breakthroughs in deep learning and artificial intelligence,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of Nvidia. “Using Drive PX AI car computer, Bosch will build automotive-grade systems for the mass production of autonomous cars. Together we will realize a future where autonomous vehicles make mobility safe and accessible to all.”

The system itself incorporates Nvidia’s Xavier technology, which the chip-maker claims process up to 30 trillion deep learning operations a second while drawing just 30 watts of power. Through the implementation of this technology, the pair are hoping to achieve Level 4 Autonomy, at which cars can drive independently without human intervention.

The IoT world has been a long-time ambition of the Bosch team as it looks to extend its influence in the development of the connected world in such areas as smart homes, smart cars and Industry 4.0. Back in March last year, the team entering the arena launching Bosch IoT Cloud.

The offering featured the technical infrastructure as well as platform and software offerings, initially utilized for in-house solutions, though 2017 has been targeted as a time to commercialize the offering externally.

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