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Toyota teams with Nvidia for self-driving simulation

Following Waymo's lead, Toyota hopes to accelerate development via computer simulation.

Toyota and Nvidia have announced a new partnership to develop, train and validate self-driving technology.

The Japanese automaker will use Nvidia's Drive AGX Xavier and AGX Pegasus AV computer platforms. The companies plan to scale the architecture across many vehicle models and types.

Notably, the collaboration will employ Nvidia's Drive Constellation simulation platform to virtually process the equivalent of billions of miles of real-world driving in challenging scenarios.

"We believe large-scale simulation tools for software validation and testing are critical for automated driving systems," says Toyota Research Institute (TRI-AD) chief James Kuffner.

Simulation is credited with helping Waymo apparently establish a clear lead ahead of established automakers and other startups racing to bring self-driving technology to market.

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