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Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang wants the company he founded in 1993 to put together the "brain" of autonomous driving systems, and he expects the supplier's technology to play a key role in the shift to self-driving vehicles. He also predicts that it will be commonplace for a new car from a volume brand to be sold at cost within four years because profits will come from the automaker's proprietary software instead. He discussed this and more during a video chat with Automotive News Europe Associate Publisher and Editor Luca Ciferri and Managing Editor Douglas A. Bolduc.
How many fully autonomous cars will be on the road by 2030 and what percentage of them will have Nvidia technology?
By 2030, I would estimate that 20 percent of the cars on the road will have a high level of automation and most of them will have Nvidia's technology inside. Also, the vehicles making up the 20 percent will account for 50 percent of the miles driven in the locations where they are available. That is because autonomous vehicles will come in many forms -- passenger vehicles, trucks, taxis, shuttles, robot delivery -- and all of them will be able to work around the clock. They never get tired, they never lose their concentration, so, their utilization rate is going to be much higher.
When you say high level of automation do you mean Level 4 or even Level 5, which means the vehicle no longer needs a driver?
We will see Level 5 for the delivery of goods on campuses, at compounds or other areas that can be closed off. It is the most cost effective and safest option because, unlike humans, robots don't mind going slow. Robots have plenty of time. They don't get impatient. Therefore those area should be completely Level 5.