Mercedes, NVIDIA to develop new automated drive system

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DETROIT (AP) – Four days after an autonomous car deal with BMW was suspended, Mercedes announced a deal to partner with chip and software maker NVIDIA.

The companies said on Tuesday that the two will create a computer and artificial intelligence system for automated driving. It will be rolled out in next-generation Mercedes vehicles from 2024, allowing them to be upgraded with more automated driving features.

The German automaker and Silicon Valley technology company say the main feature is automatic address-to-address driving on regular routes. There will also be future safety and convenience features, they said in a statement.

Last week, Mercedes and BMW announced that they had signed a deal to jointly develop an autonomous drive system. The companies said the timing was not right for the cooperation agreement.

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