NIO teams up with NVIDIA on next gen autonomous electric vehicles

China electric automaker NIO has chosen the NVIDIA Drive Orin system-on-a-chip (SoC) to power its new generation of electric vehicles.

Aptly dubbed Adam, the NVIDIA SoC will first appear in the ET7 sedan that will ship in China starting in 2022. Adam signals a major achievement to in bringing automotive intelligence and autonomous driving to market, safely and reliably.

With a centralised, software-defined computing architecture, NIO’s next-generation EVs, such as the ET7 sedan, will feature the latest AI-enabled capabilities, which are perpetually upgradable after the point of sale.

Four high-performance Orin SoCs will be installed in each EV to achieve an industry-leading performance of 1,000+ TOPS — delivering the redundancy and diversity necessary for safe autonomous operation.

As the first of NIO’s EVs to feature Orin, the flagship ET7 is a high-performance vehicle that accelerates from zero to 100km in just 3.9 seconds. It also features a new 150kw battery for extended mileage range.

“The cooperation of NIO and NVIDIA will accelerate the development of autonomous driving on smart vehicles,” said William Li, Founder, Chairman and CEO of NIO.

“Autonomy and electrification are the key forces transforming the automotive industry. We are delighted to partner with NIO, a leader in the new energy vehicle revolution — leveraging the power of AI to create the software-defined EV fleets of the future,” said Jensen Huang, Founder and CEO of NVIDIA.