XPENG Motors has signed a strategic partnership agreement with NVIDIA and its China partner Desay SV to jointly develop Level 3 autonomous driving technology tailored for the driving environment in China.
Powered by Xavier, XPENG Motors will self-develop the software for China’s typical traffic conditions and user scenarios and will work with Desay SV to jointly develop the computing hardware platform for autonomous driving.
The company plans to implement in various phases the L3 intelligent driving features in its new models starting in 2020. These features include parking pilot, traffic jam pilot, fully auto lane change and highway pilot, best route navigation and personalization.
In addition to partnering in hardware development, the three companies will also work extensively on data collection and benchmarking, software development and cloud-based machine learning.
Xavier is the latest AI supercomputing system-on-chip (SoC) released by NVIDIA in early 2018. It is the world’s first autonomous driving processor and the most complex system-on-chip (SoC) ever created.
The scalable NVIDIA DRIVE AGX AI automobile computing platform, built on Xavier, is capable of powering advanced Level 2+ driver assistance systems through robotaxis. The system processes data collected from an array of radar, LIDAR, camera and ultrasonic sensors in real-time.
NVIDIA DRIVE AGX Xavier is capable of 30 trillion operations per second while consuming merely 30 watts of power, and is equipped by six different processors on the SoC, including a high performance GPU, custom 8-core CPU, a deep learning accelerator and a programmable vision accelerator,
XPENG Motors will launch the XPENG G3, an intelligent pure electric SUV, on Dec. 12, 2018 in China. It is equipped with X-pilot automatic assisted driving technology tailored for China’s traffic conditions, all-scenario auto-parking, advanced AI voice assistant and customized X-mart OS vehicle operating system with OTA upgrading ability.
Source: Press Release