At CES 2017, carmaker Mercedes-Benz and computing giant NVIDIA announced a partnership that would eventually result in an AI-powered Mercedes-Benz car in the market. The partnership was formally announced on January 6 by NVIDIA founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang and Mercedes-Benz Vice President of Digital Vehicle and Mobility Sajjad Khan. The companies also revealed that they were working on this collaboration for the past three years. According to NVIDIA, the collaboration focuses on artificial intelligence and deep learning. While the NVIDIA team works from Sunnyvale, California, The Mercedes team is based out of Stuttgart, Germany.
Announcing the collaboration, Jen-Hsun issued a statement that said;
“When our teams came together, there was instant chemistry, and we share a common vision about how AI can change your driving experience, and make it more enjoyable. At this point, it is very clear that AI is going to be the future of computing. This is an endeavor that we started three years ago that we will put on the road next year – unbelievable. This breakthrough called deep learning happened several years ago, and it has completely revolutionized computing from the way you speak to your phone now to the way you take photos and upload to the cloud and how it automatically tags and hosts it for you.”
“I am very proud of saying that within 12 months we are rolling out a product with NVIDIA. We have teams co-located with each other.”