The German company Robert Bosch is developing a new “brain” for autonomous vehicles, capable of making decisions faster than any human. Production starts as early as 2020.
As a supplier of automotive components that has also been involved in the challenge of the autonomous cars, the German company Robert Bosch GmbH has announced that it is developing an artificial “brain” for use in future autonomous cars, which with a new artificial intelligence, may be able to make decisions faster than a human. Production start? Already in 2020.
According to information provided by the company, this new artificial intelligence, which according to its creators should be able to perform up to 30 trillion computing operations per second – three times more than the human brain – will initially be applied in Robocabs, taxis which Robert Bosch has been developing in conjuction with Daimler.
The system presented now also has the added value of being able to fulfill a learning process, from the experiences of other autonomous vehicles and gathered in a cloud. Once validated by the engineers, this information will be accessible to all vehicles linked to the system, which will thus improve their ability to handle any traffic situations they encounter.
Considered crucial in the development of autonomous vehicles, the artificial intelligence that Bosch is creating is based on “a chip that is being developed by Nvidia, which is also the most advanced manufacturer of such components in the world”, explains the director of Gerhard Steiger’s autonomous driving division. Adding that “the software algorithms that will work on the chip will be designed internally, by Bosch itself,” while “the electronic architecture will be something totally different from what has been done so far.”
Moreover, as the company also recognises, components such as radars, cameras and even the LIDAR system, end up generating a huge amount of data, forcing an autonomous car to produce almost a gigabyte of information per second. Therefore, the sensors will have to guarantee the vehicle a 360º vision and the artificial intelligence must be able to process all this information, practically, in real time. This has the advantage that, compared to humans, the system never distracts or loses concentration, he says.