Chinese self-driving technology company Pony.ai said it plans to begin mass production of automotive-grade equipment by the end of 2022 as it advances the rollout of self-driving technology from level 4, according to reports in China.
The company said it was ready to transition from manufacturing industrial-grade equipment to more reliable automotive-grade equipment, aided by the availability of the Nvidia Drive Orin system on the computer chip system, which the company says can perform 254 trillion operations per second and includes Cuda and support for the Nvidia deep learning accelerator toolchain.
Pony.ai said it will offer “a portfolio of scalable autonomous vehicle computing configurations, including one or more Nvidia Drive Orin processors and automotive-grade Nvidia Ampere architecture GPUs, accelerating the development of production platforms of mass for robotaxis and self-driving trucks”.
James Peng, co-founder and CEO of Pony.ai, said in a statement, “By leveraging the world-class Nvidia Drive Orin SoC, we demonstrate our design and industrialization capabilities as well as the ability to develop and to provide a powerful production platform at an unprecedented scale.
Pony.ai, which counts Toyota, FAW Group and GAC Group as key automotive partners, was the first company to perform self-driving trucking tests on open highways in China and is also the first of the two companies to be authorized to perform self-driving tests. Driverless testing and charging fees for robotaxi utilities in Beijing.