#GCT21 NVIDIA Automotive and Autonomous Announcements

NVIDIA has been making inroads in the automotive and autonomous markets providing the chips and software needed for many aspects of connected and autonomous cars.

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Founder and CEO Jensen Huang announced:

  • DRIVE Atlan™ — Extending the DRIVE roadmap for 2025 models, the next-generation Atlan SoC will be a modern data center on wheels—delivering more than 1,000 TOPS of performance. Atlan will integrate new CPU, GPU, and DLA with the latest in networking and security for unprecedented levels of performance and security necessary for next-generation AVs.
  • DRIVE Hyperion™ — The 8th generation of our turnkey AV platform streamlines data collection, AV development and testing.  The platform now includes DRIVE Software source access to help accelerate the path to production for DRIVE customers.
  • DRIVE Sim™ — The new version of our simulation suite is powered by NVIDIA Omniverse, delivering high-fidelity and physically accurate simulation that’s safe, scalable, and cost-effective.  Using Omniverse with NVIDIA RTX ray tracing, DRIVE Sim is capable of generating a near infinite range of real-world scenarios for AV development and validation, as well as managing fleet deployments.
  • $8 Billion Automotive Pipeline — Established OEMs, truck makers, NEVs and robotaxi companies are putting NVIDIA DRIVE into production. This growing pipeline incorporates deals from companies including Volvo Cars, Mercedes-Benz, NIO, SAIC, TuSimple, Zoox, Cruise, Faraday Future, VinFast and more over the next six years.

Volvo Cars announced it will use NVIDIA DRIVE Orin to power the autonomous driving computer in its next-generation cars. The decision deepens the companies’ collaboration to even more software-defined model lineups, beginning with the next-generation XC90, set to debut next year.

Volvo Cars has been using the high-performance, energy-efficient compute of NVIDIA DRIVE since 2016 and developing AI-assisted driving features for new models on NVIDIA DRIVE Xavier with software developed in-house and by Zenseact, Volvo Cars’ autonomous driving software development company.

Building safe self-driving cars is one of the most complex computing challenges today. Advanced sensors surrounding the car generate enormous amounts of data that must be processed in a fraction of a second. That’s why NVIDIA developed Orin, the industry’s most advanced, functionally safe and secure, software-defined autonomous vehicle computing platform.

Orin is software compatible with Xavier, allowing customers to leverage their existing development investments. It’s also scalable — with a range of configurations and even able to deliver unsupervised driverless operation.

Volvo Cars’ next-generation vehicle architecture will be hardware-ready for autonomous driving from production start. Its unsupervised autonomous driving feature, called Highway Pilot, will be activated when it’s verified to be safe for individual geographic locations and conditions.

Faraday Future (“FF”), a California-based global shared intelligent mobility ecosystem company, announced  that it is deploying the NVIDIA Drive Orin platform in its flagship ultra-luxury FF 91 electric vehicle.

Moving to this next-generation DRIVE Orin system-on-a-chip (SoC) reflects the automaker’s close collaboration efforts and seamless ability to leverage the continuous improvements and performance leaps across generations of the NVIDIA DRIVE platform. FF 91 plans to achieve advanced highway autonomous driving capabilities and advanced parking and summon features when it goes on sale in 2022.

“FF aims to deliver the latest and most advanced computing capabilities on the FF 91. We’ve selected the NVIDIA DRIVE Orin with its seamless upgrade path for our autonomous driving system,” said Hong Rao, Vice President, I.A.I at FF. “NVIDIA’s world-renowned expertise in AI and autonomy are crucial for our product and technology architecture. The reliability of their product and high quality of support will further advance FF 91’s capabilities in autonomous driving as we ramp up to the launch.”

The leading choice for automakers’ 2022 production timelines, NVIDIA DRIVE Orin contains 21 billion transistors and integrates the NVIDIA Ampere GPU architecture, 12 Cortex-A78 ARM 64CPUs, along with deep learning and computer vision accelerators. As a result, NVIDIA DRIVE Orin can deliver 254 trillion operations per second of performance.


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