Automated driving technology company Pony.ai announced on Wednesday that it has delivered samples of the Automated Driving Controller (ADC) based on NVIDIA’s DRIVE Hyperion computing architecture and DRIVE Orin system-on-chip (SoC) to customers. The company added that mass production of this domain controller will officially begin in the fourth quarter of 2022.
Pony.ai is one of the first self-driving technology companies in the industry to design a product portfolio comprising multiple configurations with one or more DRIVE Orin processors and automotive-grade NVIDIA Ampere architecture GPUs. This product portfolio will enable the large-scale application of self-driving passenger cars and commercial vehicles.
The Pony.ai automated driving domain controller is available in single Orin and dual Orin versions, with computing power reaching 254TOPS and 508TOPS respectively.
Based on the domain controller and software and hardware of Pony.ai automated driving technologies, vehicles can now implement various intelligent driving functions on busy city roads and high-speed highways. Features include merging on congested roads, autonomous lane change based on navigation, overtaking/avoiding by changing lanes, u-turning in intersections, traffic light identification or passing through intersections unlit areas, avoiding construction and accident zones, identifying and dealing with vulnerable road users (VRUs) (including driving on mixed-flow roads), crossing the ramp and merging with main roads, as well as automatic passage through ETC toll stations.
Pony.ai and NVIDIA began cooperating on their research and DRIVE Orin-based system in May 2021. The process helped accelerate Pony.ai’s hardware R&D process, so that in January this year, Pony .ai first revealed the design of sixth-generation automated driving software and hardware systems for L4 automotive-grade mass production. The system is equipped with an automotive-grade multi-sensor system and adopts the NVIDIA DRIVE Orin SoC.
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The first vehicles equipped with this system are Toyota’s Sienna Autono-MaaS. These vehicles will begin road tests in China this year and will be put into daily service with Robotaxi, an automated driving service, in the first half of 2023.