Chinese automakers have turned to the NVIDIA platform for autopilot

Chinese automakers have turned to the NVIDIA platform for autopilot systems – so they can compete with Tesla

When one of the first fatal incidents shattered the relationship between Tesla and Mobileye, the former chose the NVIDIA platform to automate driving functions for a while. Now Elon Musk relies on processors of his own design, but Tesla’s Chinese competitors can’t afford it, so they turn to the NVIDIA component base.

Image source: NVIDIA

Image source: NVIDIA

According to analysts at Wedbush Securities, on their comments CNBCTesla’s leadership in the development of active driver assistance systems is undeniable, but Chinese competitors are increasingly choosing to work with NVIDIA as a guarantee of success in this field. Representatives of the Boston Consulting Group explain that now the majority of electric vehicles compete with each other in such a price segment where the presence of active driver assistance systems can determine the choice of the buyer, and therefore special attention must be paid to the development of ADAS systems. NVIDIA offers its Chinese customers access to an advanced hardware platform that will evolve over time.

From this point of view, Tesla’s Chinese competitors are XPeng and Nio, both of which rely on the NVIDIA Drive Orin platform to build autopilot systems. The latest electric car Nio ET5, for example, uses an on-board computer with four NVIDIA core processors at the same time. Two of them are used to process data from on-board cameras and sensors, the third is used as a reserve, and the fourth adapts the replicated algorithms to the habits and manners of a particular driver.

Chinese giant Baidu also intends to use the NVIDIA platform in its future electric vehicles, and Swedish brands Volvo and Polestar, controlled by Chinese company Geely, are among the first to use NVIDIA components for these purposes. The platform of the American developer of graphics solutions is also convenient because it offers a well-developed software infrastructure. You can train the autopilot in a virtual environment and thus speed up the progress many times over. In a highly competitive environment, such support is important for automakers.


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