Chinese self-driving car company Pony.ai launches self-developed IT unit – China Money Network

Pony.ai, a Chinese self-driving company, announced the launch of a self-developed automotive-grade computing unit solution equipped with the NVIDIA DRIVE Orin™ system-on-chip (SoC).

Through extensive cooperation with NVIDIA, Pony.ai said it has succeeded in moving its computing units from the industrial level to the vehicle level, enabling the company to have the ability to apply autonomous driving technology from the functional level of basis for more sophisticated applications.

With the support of vehicle-grade computing units, Pony.ai is promoting the mass production of next-generation autonomous driving software and hardware systems to accelerate the large-scale deployment of L4 autonomous driving technology.

Pony.ai started using NVIDIA DRIVE Orin for test drives and its software system was able to run on Orin in real time with low latency. The new computer unit will begin mass production by the end of 2022, the company said.

The Orin DRIVE System-on-Chip has 254 TOPS computing power and is supported by the CUDA® Parallel Computing Architecture and Deep Learning Accelerator (NVDLA), enabling high-performance hardware to be mass-produced for autonomous driving.

The new computing unit has extremely low latency, powerful performance and high reliability. Pony.ai has developed a variety of compute unit solutions with different chip configurations, based on one or more NVIDIA Orin SoCs and automotive-grade NVIDIA Ampere architecture GPUs, which can meet the needs of autonomous passenger vehicles and autonomous utility vehicles.

“Our strong alliance with NVIDIA has brought Pony.ai closer to the company’s vision: to create safe, advanced and reliable self-driving technology, said Peng Jun, co-founder and CEO of Pony.ai.

As early as 2017, Pony.ai partnered with NVIDIA and used the NVIDIA DRIVE platform for the first time. Starting in May 2021, Pony.ai and NVIDIA began cooperating on the development of an autonomous driving computer unit based on the Orin chip, which accelerated the Pony.ai hardware development process.

In December last year, Pony.ai began conducting self-driving truck test drives on public roads in China. With self-driving truck test licenses in Beijing and Guangzhou, it obtained a pilot license to market the self-driving Robotaxi in Beijing last November.

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