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New Autonomous Computing Unit Built on NVIDIA DRIVE Orin

Pony.ai has developed a complete autonomous computing unit built on the NVIDIA DRIVE Orin™ system-on-chip (SoC), marking a significant milestone in its move from industrial-grade to automotive-grade hardware. In addition, the company says the autonomous computing unit powered by NVIDIA DRIVE Orin will rapidly accelerate the roll-out of Pony.ai’s Level 4 capabilities. As a result, the next generation of the company’s autonomous vehicle (AV) hardware will be automotive grade and mass-production ready with the start of production slated for the end of 2022.



NVIDIA DRIVE Orin achieves 254 TOPS (trillion operations per second) of performance, and includes comprehensive CUDA® and NVIDIA® deep learning accelerator (NVDLA) toolchain support.


Pony.ai’s autonomous computing unit features low latency, high performance, and high reliability. The company is one of the first in the AV industry to create a product portfolio featuring multiple configurations with one or more DRIVE Orin processors and automotive-grade NVIDIA Ampere architecture GPUs. This enables scalable deployment across self-driving trucks and robotaxis, and accelerates Pony.ai’s future of a robust, mass-production platform for AVs.


“By leveraging the world-class NVIDIA DRIVE Orin SoC, we’re demonstrating our design and industrialization capabilities plus the ability to develop and deliver a powerful mass-production platform at an unprecedented scale. This will help us realize our vision of bringing safe autonomous mobility solutions to all,” said James Peng, co-founder and CEO of Pony.ai.


Gary Hicok, Senior Vice President of Engineering at NVIDIA, added, “As a close collaborator with Pony.ai since their inception, we applaud their vision and execution with the development of their AV system architecture to bring safe, Level 4 capabilities to market.”


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