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Mercedes-Benz preps vehicle powered by artificial intelligence

Never thought the day would come were my stupid car is smarter than me.

LAS VEGAS -- Mercedes-Benz plans to introduce a production car powered by artificial intelligence in the next year as part of a collaboration with chip-maker Nvidia.

Plans for the car were disclosed during a talk Friday between Sajjad Khan, Mercedes-Benz' vice president of digital vehicle and mobility, and Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, at CES here.

"I am very proud of saying that within 12 months we are rolling out a product with Nvidia," Khan said on Friday.

Very few details of the car are known, including whether it will be a completely new vehicle or an existing Mercedes model. It is a product of a three-year collaboration, according to Huang. Teams from both companies are embedded at each others' headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif., and Stuttgart.

“When our teams came together there was instant chemistry,” Huang said. “We share a common vision about how AI can change your driving experience, and make it more enjoyable.”

It's also unclear how artificial intelligence will be used in the production vehicle. Earlier at CES, Nvidia announced multiple partnerships with carmakers and suppliers such as Audi, mapping company Here, and auto suppliers ZF and Robert Bosch.

Nvidia also revealed an AI-powered safety system called Co-Pilot, according to TechCrunch, which uses voice recognition, facial recognition, and eye-tracking software to assist drivers.

AI, and the related concept of 'deep learning,' is viewed by industry players as key to adapting self-driving cars for a multitude of driving scenarios.

“There's really no way to program a system that can handle any possible scenario,” Danny Schapiro, Nvidia’s director of automotive, said in an interview with Automotive News Europe last year. “It just won't work. Artificial intelligence is essentially the way forward for autonomous cars.”

Deep learning involves, in its simplest form, flashing a car's "brain" with millions of related images so that the system can learn to recognize key features. This way, a self-driving system can evolve as it logs more miles and encounters varied situations.

Nvidia has a number of automotive partners in this arena, including Volvo, Audi, Honda, and BMW.
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Nvidia's industry leading chips have been a great product for years and just keep improving. What began as just rendering amazing instrumentation and heads up augmented reality has evolved into the brains of the vehicle.

An interesting aspect of this is how on the one hand everything needs to be processed on-board in real time, and on the other hand when there's sufficient connectivity cars will share their learning experiences with each other. They'll upload and download new "learning" from their collective AI hive mind at the backend, sort of like software updates crossed with new postgraduate degrees for your car.

My hunch is that insurance companies, governments and manufacturers will see to it that every nuanced move of the driver is captured, stored, uploaded and analyzed. That should remove all questions about why Google, Apple and Microsoft are racing for market penetration of their onboard AI agents in the guise of familiar hands free assistants in the dash that consumers will demand.

It's looking more and more like in the future "privacy" will be like "chocolate flavor," which is neither chocolate nor something with the true flavor of the original thing.

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