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Mar 8, 2017 | News

NVIDIA brings AI to commercial drones

0308.interdrone-nvidia.jpegNVIDIA wants to bring artificial intelligence to the sky. The company has announced the new NVIDIA Jetson TX2, a credit card-sized platform to deliver AI to edge computing.

“Jetson TX2 brings powerful AI capabilities at the edge, making possible a new class of intelligent machines,” said Deepu Talla, vice president and general manager of the Tegra business at NVIDIA. “These devices will enable intelligent video analytics that keep our cities smarter and safer, new kinds of robots that optimize manufacturing, and new collaboration that makes long-distance work more efficient.”

This new platform is designed to perform twice as fast as its predecessor with more than twice the power efficiency and less watts of power, allowing it to run larger, deeper neural networks on devices. According to NVIDIA, this results in greater accuracy, faster response times, and better image classification, navigation and speech recognition.

For drones, the company said the platform is able to provide deep learning algorithms in order for autonomous drones to learn, understand and react to their surroundings.

“NVIDIA Jetson is the world’s leading AI computing platform for GPU-accelerated parallel processing in mobile embedded systems. Its high-performance, low-power computing for deep learning and computer vision makes it the ideal platform for compute-intensive embedded projects,” according to Jetson’s website.

NVIDIA also provides JetPack 3.0, an SDK for AI computing and integrating AI into a variety of applications.