Nvidia chief predicts Level 5 driverless taxis by 2020

The chip maker aims to play a leading role in the shift toward full autonomy.

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang has reaffirmed his optimistic outlook for a quick transition to fully self-driving cars.

"There will be a lot of pilot services already in 2019, and Level 5 taxis in 2020," he said at a press conference in Tel Aviv for the company's GPU Technology Conference, as quoted by The Times of Israel.

The executive reportedly elaborated that fully autonomous vehicles will likely be ready by 2021 or 2022 and the taxis will initially be limited to 'gated areas,' suggesting Level 4 autonomy in cities that have been extensively mapped in high definition.

Nvidia believes artificial intelligence technology represents the final hurdle to overcome in bringing fully autonomous vehicles to market.

The chip maker has already developed several generations of Drive PX computing platforms geared for self-driving cars. The latest hardware, known as Pegasus, boldly claims to be ready for Level 5 driverless systems when it arrives in the second half of 2018.

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