Software for Self-Driving Cars

Software is what turns a vehicle into an intelligent machine. The NVIDIA DRIVE® Software stack is open, empowering developers to efficiently build and deploy a variety of state-of-the-art AV applications, including perception, localization and mapping, planning and control, driver monitoring, and natural language processing.



The foundation of the DRIVE Software stack, DRIVE OS is the first safe operating system for accelerated computing. It includes NvMedia for sensor input processing, NVIDIA CUDA® libraries for efficient parallel computing implementations, NVIDIA TensorRT for real-time AI inference, and other developer tools and modules to access hardware engines.  



The NVIDIA DriveWorks SDK provides middleware functions on top of DRIVE OS that are fundamental to autonomous vehicle development. These consist of the sensor abstraction layer (SAL) and sensor plugins, data recorder, vehicle I/O support, and a deep neural network (DNN) framework. It’s modular, open, and designed to be compliant with automotive industry software standards.



The DRIVE AV software stack contains the perception, mapping, and planning layers, as well as diverse DNNs trained on high-quality real-world driving data. These rich perception outputs can be used for both autonomous driving and mapping, enabling it to act as your chauffeur. In the planning and control layer, the NVIDIA Safety Force Field computational module keeps a vehicle out of harm’s way and ensures it won’t contribute to or cause an unsafe situation.



DRIVE IX is an open software platform that delivers interior sensing for innovative AI cockpit solutions. As your personal concierge, it provides perception applications to access features and DNNs for advanced driver and occupant monitoring, AR/VR visualization, and natural language interactions between the vehicle and passengers.

DRIVE Concierge

Built on NVIDIA DRIVE IX and Omniverse Avatar for real-time conversational AI, DRIVE Concierge gives vehicle occupants access to new, always-on intelligent services. Omniverse Avatar enables DRIVE Concierge to serve as everyone’s digital assistant, making recommendations, helping book reservations, make phone calls, access vehicle controls, and provide alerts using natural language. DRIVE Concierge also provides a dashboard view into what the DRIVE Chauffeur sees around the car and what it is planning. Plus, it serves as a valet, automatically parking and summoning the car.

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