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By Ding Yi / Sep 23, 2020 05:10 PM / Business & Tech

Chinese electric vehicle startup Li Auto has selected U.S. chipmaker Nvidia as a technology partner to make self driving smart cars.

According to a company statement published on Tuesday, Li Auto, which went public on the Nasdaq in July, has inked an agreement with Nvidia, under which the Chinese carmaker will equip its new extended-range sport utility vehicle model slated to be launched in 2022 with the U.S. firm’s software-defined platform for autonomous vehicles, named Nvidia Drive AGX Orin.

Powered by a new system-on-a-chip (SoC), the Nvidia Drive AGX Orin platform will enhance computing performance with its single-chip processing speed reaching 200 trillion operations per second (TOPS), nearly 7 times the performance of Nvidia’s previous generation SoC Xaiver, according to the statement. TOPS is a common indicator used to assess SoC performance.

In addition, the Nvidia Drive AGX Orin system will be available in two configurations for the Li Auto vehicle, with the single-chip version enabling Level 2 autonomy and the dual-chip version promising Level 4 autonomy, according to the statement.

Chinese car parts maker Desay SV Automotive is also a part of the agreement, serving as the provider of an autonomous driving domain controller, which will be used by Li Auto to design autonomous driving programs and train algorithms.

Apart from Li Auto, Nvidia is also a partner of Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing, which is committed to building a smart transport network in China. In December last year, Didi signed a deal with Nvidia to use Nvidia Drive, an autonomous vehicle development platform, to build its Level 4 self-driving cars.

Contact reporter Ding Yi (yiding@caixin.com)

Related: Didi Awards Autonomous Driving Contract to Nvidia


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