Nvidia supplies TuSimple with chips to design and build an advanced autonomous driving computer
TuSimple Holdings Inc. announced on Tuesday that it has partnered with Nvidia Corp to use the company’s vehicle chips to design and build an advanced autonomous driving computer for its autonomous trucks.
The computer, known as the domain controller in the automotive industry, will be specially designed for TuSimple’s autonomous commercial trucks, and will power sensor perception and vehicle operation.
Nvidia will provide expertise in artificial intelligence and its Drive Orin hardware, a chip specially designed for autonomous driving capabilities.
Nvidia’s chip-powered controller will be installed in autonomous trucks that TuSimple is developing in partnership with manufacturer Navistar, which is slated for production in 2024.
“We believe this move gives us a significant competitive advantage by accelerating the time to market,” TuSimple CEO Cheng Lu said in a statement.
TuSimple said it will own the rights to use the design of the controller, adding that it plans to work with an anonymous third-party manufacturer to produce it.
Considered essential in the development of autonomous driving, controllers allow automakers to centralize compute-intensive instruments such as cameras, radars and lidar sensors.
Instead of each sensor having an individual electronic control unit, the domain controller manages IT tasks centrally, saving space and costs and enabling remote software updates.
Other chipmakers including Qualcomm Inc, Intel Corp’s Mobileye, and NXP also offer domain controller chips for the automotive industry.
Autonomous freight trucks, although still widely exploited in pilot projects, have become a focus of the autonomous industry in recent years, faced with fewer regulatory and technological hurdles and potentially offering a faster way to generate feedback than passenger axis robots.