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Pony.ai Achieves Development Milestone with New Autonomous Computing Unit Built on NVIDIA DRIVE Orin

  • Pony.ai to offer a portfolio of scalable AV computing configurations (including one or more NVIDIA DRIVE Orin processors and automotive-grade NVIDIA Ampere architecture GPU), accelerating the development of mass-production platforms for robotaxis and autonomous trucks
  • The evolution from industrial-grade to automotive-grade solutions allows Pony.ai to deliver high-performance automated systems that scale from base-level to fully autonomous
  • With this revolutionary integration, Pony.ai has conducted road tests with NVIDIA DRIVE Orin, optimizing the software to run at low latency and with real-time performance.

FREMONT, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pony.ai, a leading global autonomous driving technology company, announced that it 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. This autonomous computing unit powered by NVIDIA DRIVE Orin will rapidly accelerate the roll-out of Pony.ai’s Level 4 capabilities. 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.”

Today’s announcement builds on Pony.ai and NVIDIA’s relationship, which dates back to 2017 when the company first adopted the NVIDIA DRIVE platform. In May 2021, Pony.ai began co-developing DRIVE Orin-based systems with NVIDIA, leveraging the high-performance SoC to accelerate the pace of Pony.ai’s hardware development.

This news follows on a series of recent milestone regulatory approvals and important partnerships. Recently, Pony.ai became the first to conduct autonomous trucking tests on an open highway in China, and is the only company with autonomous trucking permits in both Beijing and Guangzhou. It is also the first of two companies to be permitted to conduct driverless tests and charge fees for public robotaxi services in Beijing, along with permits to test autonomous vehicles in all of China’s Tier-1 cities. The company continues to be an innovative trailblazer, accelerating its mass-production platform for AVs.

About Pony.ai

Leading global autonomous driving technology company Pony.ai, Inc. (“Pony.ai”) is pursuing an ambitious vision for autonomous mobility. We aim to bring safe, sustainable, and accessible mobility to the entire world. We believe that autonomous technology can make our roads exponentially safer for travelers. Founded in late 2016, Pony.ai has been a pioneer in autonomous mobility technologies and services across the U.S. and China, spearheading public-facing Robotaxi pilots in both markets. Pony.ai has formed partnerships with leading OEMs including Toyota, FAW Group, GAC Group, etc.

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