Test Driving NVIDIA Powered BMW’s at GTC 2015

GTC 2015: Anyone who knows me well will know that I’m a BMW fanboy through and through and though I’ve never been a fan of the i3 in terms of styling, I was pretty intrigued in terms of performance and features, especially when you consider that NVIDIA are at the heart of the electronics inside the car. So at NVIDIA’s GTC 2015 event, I went out for a little spin in the car with a good friend of mine at the wheel.

Inside the car, it’s pretty compact but still sports a lot of room due to their being no need for a transmission of any kind. I wasn’t a massive fan of the lack-luster wood effect dashboard, but I’m sure plenty of people will like the quirky styling.

The doors open in a weird fashion but even in the rear there is plenty of room for full-sized adults.

Viewing from the rear, you can see the space-age style front seats which grip you nice and comfortably as you pass along the road.

Under the boot lining, you can see some of the makeup of the electric car’s internals.

NVIDIA steps in with a nice little instrument cluster sporting a whole host of colours and styles.

From the drivers seat, it’s actually a really nice place to be with everything within close reach.

The steering wheel in typical BMW fashion is comfortable and has plenty of buttons. Behind the wheel, you’lll find the gear shifter taking you from “Drive” to “Neutral” to “Reverse”.

In the centre of the dash, we find a HUGE screen which gives us access to the iDrive system for music, navigation and much more.

When powered on, you can see both screens illuminated.

Very similar to the current iDrive system in the non-electric BMW’s on the market, it’s fluid and easy to navigate thanks to the NVIDIA technology behind it.

You can also see the simple yet effective controls below the screen for heating and audio.

I personally test drove the new BMW X6 3.5 litre beast and while I didn’t get many photos, I managed to snap a few of it driving away after I’d had my turn. It was fully kitted out and drove like an absolute dream.

Sadly I was in awe of its sheer performance and features, so was too wrapped up in driving it that these are the only photos that came out well.

And there she goes!

TESLA Model S P85D at NVIDIA GTC 2015

GTC 2015: As part of our ongoing GTC 2015 coverage, we were instantly hooked when we saw the epic Model S P85D from Tesla. As someone who has driven the P85 and P85+ and even contemplated buying one for several months, I thought that I finally got it out of my system.

I was wrong. After seeing the P85D in person, it brought back all of those wonderful emotions to me again, and knowing that it now has an INSANE mode, made me want one even more.

Sadly, we didn’t get to drive it, but I am in talks with NVIDIA to try and get back into the drivers seat and show you not only the TESLA power, but what NVIDIA have done to this car to make it so awesome aswell.

GTC 2015 Meets the Lamborghini Aventador

GTC 2015: If you haven’t already checked out our intro to the cars at NVIDIA’s GTC 2015 event, then we invite you to click here to do so. Stemming on from that, we really just wanted this to act more of a gallery for the AMAZING Lamborghini Aventador that was on show, so sit down and check out these gorgeous pictures of this extreme supercar.

As a car with a license plate, we can only assume that this belongs to someone, so maybe it’s part of NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang’s personal collection?

Powered by a crazy V12 engine, NVIDIA have all bases covered when it comes to the instrument cluster and infotainment system inside the car.

Sadly the car was locked, so this is the best view that we had inside the car, but still pretty impressive to say the least.

And a view from the drivers side.

Another tell-tale sign that this car may belong to a NVIDIA employee?

GTC 2015 NVIDIA Powered Cars On Show

GTC 2015: Normally I’d write something insightful but for this article, it’s a really simple one that involves some heavily induced eye-candy for you. As a member of GTC, the first step for me was to check into my hotel and I was even greeted with a special key card for the hotel room, branded in event gloryness.

After checking in, I made my way to the exhibition centre, to pick up my pass and straight away could see people from all walks of life. This included fellow journalists, analysts, manufacturers and much more all queuing up.

In the entrance of the hall was a nice little showcase of cars that utilise NVIDIA technology or are sponsored in some shape or form by NVIDIA. This included the epic Renovo Coupe which is an all American, all electric sports car which simply looks like a vintage car that would be basic inside, but it’s anything but that with the NVIDIA Tegra X1 at the heart of it. This gives the car the NVIDIA Drive Studio which features an 11.6″ touchscreen and all-digital cluster.

Giving a whopping 500 horsepower and a 0-60 MPH time of 3.4 seconds, it’s not exactly sluggish. We managed to get a bit more information from Renovo including OTA updates and cloud access, but details on delivery is still a bit sketchy, but should be very soon indeed.

Also featured was the Lamborghini Aventador which once again is powered by NVIDIA. It’s not an all-electric car, but the instrument clusters and infotainment system are all courtesy of NVIDIA’s mobile processor.

Lastly, it wouldn’t be an NVIDIA event featuring electric cars and the like without the Tesla Model S P85D so without further ado, here is the 600BHP monster in all it’s glory and every time I see one, I still contemplate buying one, so I’m going to stop talking there before I talk myself into it.

Baidu Show Speech Recognition at GTC 2015

NVIDIA GTC 15: Baidu gave a keynote based around the speech recognition technology that they are working on and showed us some examples of how successful their process is, especially in comparison to a third party API that is currently available from other sources.

Below is a video showing exactly how they have developed their algorithm to not only focus on speech recognition, but also how the process can cope when extra noise is added, which is a real stumbling block for most speec recognition services on the market.

It is worth noting that the presentation examples were being operated real-time through the use of a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 graphics card.

Lenovo Showcase A GRID server at GTC 2015


GTC 2015: After walking around the exhibition show floor at this years NVIDIA GTC event, a few things caught our eye and the main thing was a huge standing rack blade enclosure from Lenovo.

As we know with blade racks, they can support a whole host of hardware including storage modules, video cards and of course, the networking infrastructure and processing power that you’d come to expect from a system of this calibre.

Inside the Lenovo N1200 server, we can see everything needed for a highly spectacular NVIDIA GRID server. If you want to find out more about GRID, we invite you to check it out here.

We have a lot more coverage coming from NVIDIA GTC, so keep your eyes peeled.

Jen-Hsun Huang Interviews Elon Musk of Tesla

GTC 2015: As part of the keynote at GTC 2015 after talking about some amazing feats with the new TITAN X and some of the deep learning technology on offer, we were greeted with a special interview between Jen-Hsun Huang and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Upon talking about autonomous vehicles, a big discussion as part of that revolved around Artificial Intelligence. Skynet anyone?

For now, you can find all of the juicy information in the video below: