Semiconductor manufacturer Nvidia said on Tuesday that it signed a deal with Daimler Mercedes-Benz of Germany to deliver cars produced from 2024 with a chip and software platform that could eventually be used for autonomous driving tasks.
Nvidia, senior director of automotive Danny Shapiro, told reporters, “We intend to join forces to build a software-defined vehicle and deploy it to the next next generation fleet.”
Shapiro refused to disclose the financial terms of the deal. The deal covers chips and software for the vehicle system.
The new partnership halted a development alliance with rival German luxury carmaker BMW in the field of automatic driving following Daimler’s move last week.
Shapiro said the high-end Nvidia Drive AGX is the Orin platform – an autonomous vehicle processor – that will be standard in every Mercedes-Benz vehicle. With that in place, consumers will be able to update the car’s software the way smartphones are updated today.