For many of us, learning to drive is a rite of passage to adulthood. At first, you’re jittery and overly cautious, but as the miles pass you get better. You learn to understand the nuances, how the elements affect your trajectory and how to adjust.
A team of engineers from NVIDIA based in our New Jersey office — a former Bell Labs office that also happens to be the birthplace of the deep learning revolution currently sweeping the technology industry — decided that they would use deep learning to teach an autonomous car to drive. They used a convolutional neural network (CNN) to learn the entire processing pipeline needed to steer an automobile.