Nvidia to provide AI platform for Chinese EV startups

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By Rich Pell

XPeng Motors (Guangzhou, China), Singulato Motors (Beijing, China), and SF Motors (Santa Clara, CA) will be using Nvidia’s DRIVE AGX Xavier computing platform – which delivers 30 TOPS using just 30 watts of power – to develop hardware for autonomous driving, says the company. In the past five years, China has invested more than $15 billion in electric vehicle technology and aims to produce 2 million EVs by 2020, growing to 7 million by 2025, according to reports.

XPENG Motors, along with one of the largest Chinese electronics tier 1 suppliers, Desay SV Automotive, will use the DRIVE AGX Xavier for its level 3 automated driving system, which is slated for production vehicles by 2020. The XPeng G3, a level 2.5 intelligent EV powered by NVIDIA DRIVE and equipped with the X-Pilot advanced driver assist system, automatic parking, and AI voice assistant, is set to launch on December 12.

DRIVE AGX Xavier will also power upcoming vehicles from Singulato Motors, a startup developing software-defined, customizable EVs, for level 3 autonomous driving and scheduled for production in 2020. In April, the company announced that it had secured funding to invest 15 billion yuan ($2.39 billion) in a massive manufacturing hub in Suzhou, China over the next five years.

Finally, SF Motors plans to launch its first electric crossover – the SF5 – next year. The company says it will develop its next-generation autonomous compute platform with DRIVE AGX Xavier.

Nvidia released the Xavier artificial intelligence computing system-on-chip (SoC) earlier this year. Automakers using the chip, says Nvidia, can add specific software to adapt their vehicles to local traffic and infrastructure situations.


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