CES has long been a showcase for what’s happening in the tech pipeline. This year, NVIDIA shows the radical innovation that is happening now.
In a special virtual address at the show, Ali Kani, vice president and general manager of automotive at NVIDIA, detailed the capabilities of DRIVE Hyperion and the many ways the industry thrives on the platform. These critical advancements show the maturity of autonomous driving technology as companies begin to deploy safer and more efficient transportation.
The development of autonomous vehicle technology requires an entirely new platform architecture and software development process. Hardware and software must be extensively tested and validated to ensure that they can handle the harsh conditions of daily driving with the stringent safety and security needs of automated vehicles.
That’s why NVIDIA built and opened up the DRIVE Hyperion platform, which includes high-performance computing and sensor architecture that meets the safety requirements of a fully autonomous vehicle. DRIVE Hyperion is designed with NVIDIA DRIVE Orin continuously improving software-defined systems on a chip for vehicles that create a wide variety of new software-based business models and services for automakers.
The latest generation platform includes 12 state-of-the-art surround cameras, 12 ultrasound, nine radars, three indoor detection cameras and a front lidar. It is designed to be functionally safe, so that if a computer or sensor fails, a backup is available to ensure the AV can lead its passengers to a safe location.
The DRIVE Hyperion architecture has been adopted by hundreds of automotive manufacturers, truck manufacturers, Tier 1 suppliers and robotaxi companies, ushering in the new era of autonomy.
Integrating this comprehensive platform architecture into the global automotive ecosystem requires collaboration with leading Tier 1 vendors.
Desire, Flex, Quanta, Valeo and ZF are now scaling partners of the DRIVE Hyperion 8 platform, fabricating production-ready designs with the highest levels of functional safety and security.
“We are excited to be working with NVIDIA on their DRIVE Hyperion platform,” said Geoffrey Buoquot, CTO and vice president of strategy at Valeo. “In addition to our latest generation ultrasonic sensors providing raw digital data that their AI classifiers can process and our 12 cameras, including the new 8 megapixel cameras, we are now also able to provide a platform based on Orin to support autonomous driving applications with consistent performance under automotive environmental conditions and production requirements ”
“Flex is excited to work with NVIDIA to help accelerate the deployment of autonomous systems and ADAS by leveraging the DRIVE Orin platform to design solutions for multiple customers,” said Mike Thoeny, president of automotive at Flex.
The breadth and depth of this supplier ecosystem demonstrates how DRIVE Hyperion has become the most open and adopted platform architecture in the industry. These scaling partners will allow the platform to start production as early as this year.
New energy for a new era
The radical transformation of the transportation industry spans from computing power to powertrains.
Electric vehicles are not only better for the environment, they also fundamentally improve the driving experience for consumers. With a quieter and more durable profile, electric vehicles will begin to constitute the majority of cars sold over the next several decades.
This development has given way to dozens of new energy vehicle startups. They redesigned the car, starting with a new vehicle architecture based on programmable, software-defined calculation. These NEVs will continually improve over time with live updates.
Many large NEV manufacturers are adopting DRIVE Hyperion as the platform to develop these clean, smart models. From the legendary performance legacy of The polar star to the decisive success of IM Motors, Li Auto, NIO, R Auto and Xpeng, these companies are reinventing the personal transport experience.
These companies are benefiting from new software-driven business models. With a centralized computing architecture, automakers can deliver new services and advanced functions throughout the life of the vehicle.
Truly smart logistics
AI is not only transforming personal transportation, it is also tackling the rapidly growing challenges facing the trucking and logistics industry.
Over the past decade, and accelerated by the pandemic, consumer shopping has changed dramatically online, leading to increased demand for trucking and last mile delivery. This trend is expected to continue, as experts predict that 170 billion packages will be shipped worldwide this year, to reach 280 billion in 2027.
At the same time, the trucking industry has experienced significant driver shortages as the United States needs more 160,000 drivers by 2028.
YouSimple faces these challenges head-on with its scalable autonomous freight network. This network uses autonomous trucks to move goods safely and efficiently across the country. And today the company announced that these smart trucks will be powered by NVIDIA DRIVE Orin.
The advanced SoC will be at the center of TuSimple’s Autonomous Domain Controller (ADC), which serves as the central computing unit of an autonomous truck that processes hundreds of billions of operations per second, including critical perception functions, planning and actuation.
As a result, TuSimple can accelerate the development of a high-performance, automotive-grade, scalable ADC that can be integrated into production trucks.
Everyone’s digital assistant
Kani also showcased the NVIDIA DRIVE Concierge platform, which provides smart, always-on services.
DRIVE Concierge combines NVIDIA Omniverse Avatar, DRIVE IX, DRIVE AV 4D perception, Riva GPU-accelerated Speech AI SDK and a range of deep neural networks to delight customers on every drive.
Omniverse Avatar connects voice AI, computer vision, natural language understanding, recommendation engines, and simulation. The avatars created on the platform are interactive characters with ray-traced 3D graphics who can see, speak, converse on a wide range of topics, and understand naturally spoken intention.
During the CES Special Keynote, a demo showed the highlights of a DRIVE Concierge-equipped vehicle making the trip to Las Vegas, helping the driver prepare for the trip, plan schedules, and most importantly, relax. while the car was safely driven by the DRIVE driver. .
These important developments in smart driving technology, along with innovations from vendors, automakers and trucking companies, all based on NVIDIA DRIVE, herald the arrival of the autonomous era.