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NIO, a pioneer in China’s premium smart electric vehicle market, and NVIDIA announced plans that the automaker has selected the NVIDIA DRIVE Orin ™ system on chip (SoC) for its new generation of electric vehicles, which will offer advanced automated driving capabilities.
NIO is working to make consumer adoption of high-performance, smart electric vehicles a widespread reality. At NIO Day, the company’s annual customer event, the electric vehicle maker revealed its NVIDIA DRIVE Orin supercomputer, dubbed Adam, which will appear for the first time in the ET7 sedan that will be shipped to China from 2022.
“Autonomy and electrification are the key forces transforming the automotive industry,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. “We are delighted to partner with NIO, a leader in the new energy vehicle revolution, harnessing the power of artificial intelligence to create the software-defined electric vehicle fleets of the future.”
“The cooperation of NIO and NVIDIA will accelerate the development of autonomous driving in intelligent vehicles. NIO’s internally developed autonomous driving algorithms will run on four industry-leading NVIDIA Orin processors, delivering more than 1000 TOPS unprecedented in production cars, ”said William Li, NIO Founder, President and CEO.
Adam points to a great achievement for NIO in bringing automotive intelligence and autonomous driving to market safely and reliably. With a centralized, software-defined computing architecture, NIO’s next-generation electric vehicles, such as the ET7 sedan, will feature the latest AI-enabled capabilities, which can be constantly updated after the point of sale.
NVIDIA Orin is the world’s highest performing AV and robotics processor. This scalable family of supercomputers on a chip delivers an unprecedented 254 trillion operations per second (TOPS) while at the same time being scaled down to entry-level ADAS / Level 2 use cases (10 TOPS / 5 watts). NIO will feature four high-performance Orin SoCs in each of its EVs to achieve industry-leading performance of over 1,000 TOPS, providing the redundancy and diversity necessary for safe autonomous operation.
As the first of NIO’s electric vehicles to feature Orin, the flagship ET7 is a high-performance vehicle that accelerates from zero to 100 km in just 3.9 seconds. It also features a new 150kw battery for a greater mileage range.