NIO has revealed that it will partner with Nvidia to accelerate the development of autonomous driving systems and use its Drive Orin system-on-a-chip.
The Nvidia Orin is the world’s highest-performance autonomous vehicle and robotics processor. It is a scalable supercomputer that delivers 254 trillions of operations per second and can also be scaled down to entry-level, Level 2 semi-autonomous systems. Moving forward, NIO will feature four high-performance Orin systems on each of its electric vehicles.
“Autonomy and electrification are the key forces transforming the automotive industry,” Nvidia founder and chief executive Jenson Huang said in a statement. “We are delighted to partner with NIO, a leader in the new energy vehicle revolution—leveraging the power of AI to create the software-defined EV fleets of the future.”
NIO dubs its Nvidia Drive Orin-powered supercomputer ‘Adam’ and notes that it will be perpetually upgradable after the point of sale.
“The cooperation of NIO and NVIDIA will accelerate the development of autonomous driving on smart vehicles. NIO’s in-house developed autonomous driving algorithms will be running on four industry-leading NVIDIA Orin processors, delivering an unprecedented 1000+ TOPS in production cars,” added NIO founder, chairman and chief executive William Li.
The first NIO model to use this Nvidia technology is the recently-unveiled eT7. Set to be sold in 70 kWh, 100 kWh, and 150 kWh forms, the eT7 is loaded with autonomous driving hardware that includes 11 high-resolution cameras, 1 ultralong-range high-resolution LiDAR, 5 millimeter wave radars, and 12 ultrasonic sensors.
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