NVIDIA Ready to Power the Internet of Cars

The connected car is one of the most exciting areas of the Internet of Things trend. NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA  ) is staking out its claim early on with powerful chips driving modern infotainment systems.

Motley Fool analyst Rex Moore met up with NVIDIA's Danny Shapiro at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in order to get a firsthand look at the NVIDIA Tegra-powered in-car infotainment system in an Audi A3. NVIDIA's newest chip, the Tegra K1, is now enabling ever-more demanding graphics.

In this video segment, Shapiro invites the Fool's cameras into the car for a look at the NVIDIA cloud-connected in-dash system featuring not only GPS navigation, but a live connection to the Google servers for a Street View look at the driver's eventual destination.

A full transcript follows the video.

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Danny Shapiro, NVIDIA: We're really excited to bring a couple of new vehicles to our booth at CES. Here, we're sitting in the Audi A3. It's the first to use the new modular infotainment system that's based on our Tegra processor.

What we're able to do now is deliver a very responsive, really full-featured infotainment system that's also cloud-connected. The navigation here actually is looking at mapping; in this case, we've gone to Los Angeles, but I can zoom in and out and we're actually bringing in satellite imagery from the Google servers.

As I zoom in even further, you can see the little yellow man shows up. If Google has actually mapped those streets with Street View, we can now see a full 360° panorama of that intersection.

What's great about this is if I'm going someplace I've never been to before, I can see exactly what it looks like before I even start driving. It makes it a lot easier for me to find my destination without having to struggle to look for street numbers or street signs.


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