Nvidia Takes Autonomous Driving To The Next Level Using Virtual Reality
The company demoed technology that allows drivers to operate an autonomous car remotely using a VR setup
American tech company Nvidia debuted a concept straight out of an action flick at its annual GTC AI and deep-learning conference this year, showing off an empty autonomous car that a remote driver was controlling using a virtual reality headset.
According to TechCrunch, the driver, who was seated onstage in the cockpit of a stationary car and wearing an HTC Vive virtual reality system, connected to and controlled a real-life car outside of the convention center. Steering the stationary wheel, the driver moved the Ford Fusion outside, marking a new type of semi-autonomous driving and remote control.
While Nvidia is a major player in self-driving technology, the company has not yet released information regarding the platforms this system used or whether this capability is something the company will market. For now the demo appears to serve as a concept, highlighting Nvidia’s experiments and technological prowess.
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Palmer Luckey is the founder of Oculus VR and inventor of the Oculus Rift, a consumer virtual reality headset. Prior to starting Oculus VR, Palmer attended California State University and worked as an engineer at the Mixed Reality Lab at the Institute for Creative Technologies focusing on developing cost-effective virtual reality.