Autonomous Vehicle

Kodiak to use Ambarella SoC for its autonomous trucks

SANTA CLARA, Calif. and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 2, 2024 —Ambarella, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMBA), an edge AI semiconductor company, and Kodiak Robotics, Inc., announced that Kodiak selected Ambarella’s CV3-AD685 AI domain control system-on-chip (SoC) as a complete embedded compute solution for its next-generation autonomous vehicles. This SoC provides a complete embedded solution for Kodiak’s multi-sensor perception, fusion, and path planning. It runs neural networks while processing multiple cameras, lidars, and radars.

Building on the success of the companies’ current partnership, Kodiak has already logged over 300,000 miles on Ambarella’s CV2 AI perception SoC while delivering over 875 loads, demonstrating that Kodiak Driver with help from the Ambarella hardware can withstand the rigorous environment of highway trucking. The CV2 has enabled premium image quality through rain, fog, and darkness. This ensures that Kodiak delivers freight for its customers safely and on time.

Its next-generation self-driving truck platform will utilize the CV3-AD685 SoC to optimize hardware cost, reliability, size, and robustness. This will also improve safety and performance. Designed with Ambarella’s “algorithm first” philosophy, this 5nm SoC is purpose-built to provide a high-performance compute solution in the smallest form factor. It enables Kodiak’s modular autonomous vehicle platform hardware across a wide variety of environmental conditions.

“The CV3-AD685 enables the Kodiak Driver, Kodiak’s autonomous system, to turn sensor data into actionable insight. It achieves this with lower latency, lower power consumption, and higher reliability,” said Don Burnette, Kodiak’s Founder and CEO. “We are excited to exhibit our autonomous truck at Ambarella’s invitation-only event during CES for the second year in a row. This demonstration showcases how our partnership furthers the mission of autonomous trucking.”

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Kodiak as we pave the way together for the future of autonomous trucking,” said Fermi Wang, President and CEO at Ambarella. “Our CV3-AD685 SoC provides the autonomous vehicle industry with the processing performance needed to set new benchmarks. Moreover, this includes advancements in AI-based autonomous safety, efficiency, and innovation.”

The Ambarella CV3-AD685 AI domain controller offers a unique combination of highly efficient AI processing and advanced image signal processing. Additionally, it boasts ultra-low power consumption. The next-generation CVflow® AI engine features a neural vector processor engine, which is 20x faster than the previous generation of CV2 SoCs. Additionally, it incorporates a general vector processor to deliver the overall performance required for full autonomous driving stacks.

View Kodiak’s autonomous truck and learn more about what Ambarella’s SoCs are doing inside at Ambarella’s invitation-only exhibition during CES in Las Vegas. Contact your Ambarella representative to schedule a meeting. For more information about Ambarella, please visit For more information about Kodiak Robotics, please visit

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