Yamaha Motor Co. has selected NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier as the development system to power its upcoming lineup of autonomous machines.
The Japanese manufacturer plans to make Jetson AGX Xavier the brain for a broad portfolio of intelligent machines, including unmanned agriculture vehicles, last-mile vehicles and marine products.
The world’s first computer created for AI, robotics and edge computing, Jetson AGX Xavier’s massive computing performance can handle the odometry, localization, mapping, vision and perception, and path planning critical to next-generation robots.
Automating processes with smart machinery is critically important due to Japan’s aging population, particularly in the agricultural sector, where the average worker is 66.6 years old and the workforce has declined more than 30% from 2010, according to the Japan Ministry of Agriculture.
Yamaha Motor will develop Jetson AGX Xavier-powered unmanned ground vehicles and drones to efficiently spray farmland, pick fruits, and transport harvested crops and equipment. The company expects to begin testing these devices in 2019, with the goal of a public launch shortly afterward.
Yamaha Motor will also add Jetson AGX Xavier to create a fleet of autonomous last-mile vehicles to transport people, from shoppers to the elderly.
These vehicles will be targeted for use cases such as rural regions where taxis and buses are not readily available. Some 7 million shoppers there require regular transportation, and that number is increasing annually, according to the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Yamaha Motor is one the world’s largest suppliers of marine vehicles. The company plans to expand its presence with Jetson AGX Xavier to create autonomous vehicles for use cases such as deep-sea exploration robots and automated sailing of boats.