Pony.ai, a global autonomous driving technology company, has announced that its Autonomous Driving Controller (ADC), powered by the NVIDIA DRIVE Hyperion compute architecture (DRIVE Orin), will go into mass production in Q4 2022. Pony.ai’s autonomous fleets will feature the NVIDIA DRIVE Orin system-on-chip (SoC) as the centralised compute and AI engine.
Since January 2022, Pony.ai has been conducting road tests optimizing the software to run at low latency and with real-time performance. Pony.ai’s autonomous fleets will feature the NVIDIA DRIVE Orin system-on-chip (SoC) as the centralized compute and AI engine.
Pony.ai is one of the first in the AV industry to create a product portfolio featuring multiple configurations with one or more NVIDIA DRIVE Orin processors and NVIDIA Ampere architecture GPUs.
This product range enables scalable deployment across self-driving trucks and robotaxis and accelerates Pony.ai’s vision of a robust, mass-production platform for AVs.
The ADC, along with Pony.ai’s autonomous driving software and hardware, enables vehicles to intelligently and comfortably manoeuvre on busy city streets, highways, and expressways.
This includes following traffic and merging during congestion; automatic lane-changing to follow navigation; and passing cars.
James Peng, co-founder and CEO of Pony.ai says: “By co-developing a turnkey computing platform with NVIDIA, Pony.ai has gained a deep understanding of the characteristics and advantages of NVIDIA DRIVE to rapidly advance our time to market. The impressive real-time performance of Pony’s ADC enables a wide range of applications and deployment,” he said.
“NVIDIA DRIVE delivers the computational horsepower to support the sophisticated AI essential for Pony.ai’s self-driving systems,” adds Rishi Dhall, vice president of Automotive at NVIDIA. “As a result, Pony.ai is in a position to create the future of driverless transport that is safer, more reliable and can improve over the lifetime of its robotaxi and robotruck fleets.”
“As our NVIDIA-powered ADC is routinely tested and further integrated at Pony.ai, we’ve entered into a fast technical iteration phase to meet customer demand,” comments Tiancheng Lou, co-founder and CTO of Pony.ai. “We are delighted to begin mass production of our proprietary ADC soon — delivering to a wide range of autonomous driving customers.”
As of May 2022, Pony.ai has accumulated 13 million (8 million miles) real-world autonomous kilometers, including more than 200,000 driverless kilometers (124,000 miles).
Pony.ai has formed partnerships with leading OEMs, including Toyota, FAW Group, GAC Group, etc.