Computer chip manufacturer Nvidia Corp has said it is suspending its autonomous driving tests around the world, following on from the incident involving an Uber testing vehicle last week.
Nvidia provides the chips for the Uber autonomous test cars that were involved in the accident, which killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg in Arizona on March 18.
After Uber suspended its North American driverless tests, Nvidia has done the same but has postponed its self-driving trials around the world – with the brand testing in New Jersey and Santa Clara in the USA, Japan and Germany.
An Nvidia spokesperson said in an email to The Verge: “The accident was tragic. It’s a reminder of how difficult SDC technology is and that it needs to be approached with extreme caution and the best safety technologies.
“This tragedy is exactly why we’ve committed ourselves to perfecting this life-saving technology. Ultimately AVs will be far safer than human drivers, so this important work needs to continue. We are temporarily suspending the testing of our self-driving cars on public roads to learn from the Uber incident. Our global fleet of manually driven data collection vehicles continue to operate.”
Another spokesperson for Nvidia added: “Our global fleet of manually driven data collection vehicles continue to operate.”
Automotive partners involved with Nvidia include Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, Toyota, Volvo and Volkswagen.
March 29, 2018