SAIC and Alibaba unveils IM electric vehicle

China’s largest automaker SAIC and Alibaba have unveiled the IM (intelligence in motion) brand of long-range electric vehicles.

Powered by the NVIDIA Drive Orin compute platform, the first two vehicles in the lineup — a flagship sedan and SUV — will have autonomous parking and other automated driving features, as well as a 93kWh battery that comes standard.

SAIC will begin taking orders for the sedan at the Shanghai Auto Show in April, with the SUV in 2022.

Developing a top-of-the-line premium electric brand requires best-in-class in-vehicle compute. Orin is a supercomputer on a chip that is capable of delivering up to 254 trillion operations per second to handle the large number of applications and deep neural networks that run simultaneously in autonomous vehicles and robots, while meeting systematic safety standards such as ISO 26262 ASIL-D.

The intelligent vehicles will be supported by a large team of AI and software engineers, dedicated to improving the performance and capability of the car as technology advances. They will come standard with a 93kWh battery and a 115kWh one on premium trims.