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NVIDIA GTC 2013: Day 4 - Driving Off into the Sunset

NVIDIA GTC 2013: Day 4 - Driving Off into the Sunset


NVIDIA Turbo-charges the Automotive Industry

Like all things good and fun, NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference finally came to a close today which sort of left a tear in our eyes as we would have loved to spend more time to learn more about NVIDIA's innovative and upcoming offerings. However, it wasn't all gloom as the last day is also an exciting one as we got to test drive a BMW 750i that is equipped with a center console that is powered by NVIDIA Tegra.

The 2013 BMW 750Li is simply a marvelous piece of machinery as it is beautiful inside and out. It looks great and drives like a dream.

The 10.2-inch high-resolution display for its infotainment system is powered by NVIDIA's Tegra CPU and can be used to access a slew of information such as maps for navigation and proximity sensors. The full-screen map display, including a 3D option, allows you to see photo-realistic images of locations to provide orientation points on your journey.

One of the best features of the BMW 750Li's infotainment system is the top-down view, which shows drivers just how close they are to the sidewalk, curb or other vehicles, which makes it handy when it comes to parking

Besides the brilliant session with the BMW 750Li, we also got to attend one final keynote featuring Ralph Gilles, Senior Vice President - Product Design and President and CEO, SRT (Street and Racing Technology) Brand and Motorsports at Chrysler Group LLC, who shared with us how NVIDIA's GPU technology has helped make automotive design a much easier and faster process.

Ralph Gilles, Senior Vice President - Product Design and President and CEO, SRT (Street and Racing Technology) Brand and Motorsports at Chrysler Group LLC

To assess a car's aerodynamics, manufacturers now no longer have to bring it to a wind tunnel, instead they can just simulate it using a computer equipped with an NVIDIA GPU and the necessary software

This slide shown by Ralph explains how manufacturers use a software to put in the final touches to fuel valves, so they can make their vehicles as fuel-efficient as possible

Manufacturers now no longer have to spend close to USD$50,000 to rent a track to test the performance of their race track-ready cars as they can do it now using software with the help of NVIDIA GPUs. Not only does this method help save money but it also eliminates the risk of damaging their cars.

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