AV tech company TuSimple has expanded its ongoing partnership with Nvidia to design and develop an advanced autonomous domain controller (ADC) specifically engineered for TuSimple’s Level 4 autonomous trucking applications.
The ADC design will incorporate the Nvidia Drive Orin system-on-a-chip (SoC), which is specifically designed for AI-based autonomous driving applications. The collaboration is intended to accelerate TuSimple’s ability to put autonomous trucks on the Autonomous Freight Network (AFN) at scale with a production-ready computing solution capable of handling both the unique requirements and powerful computational needs of its autonomous driving system (ADS).
The scalable Drive Orin SoC delivers 254 TOPS (trillion operations per second) of performance and is the central computer for intelligent vehicles. The ADC is an integral part of TuSimple’s autonomous driving system and serves as an autonomous semi-truck’s central compute unit that processes hundreds of TOPS, including mission-critical perception, planning and actuation functions. As a result, TuSimple says it can expedite the development of a high-performance, automotive-grade and scalable ADC that will be integrated into future autonomous truck production programs. This strategic vertical integration will give TuSimple more control over the ADC’s capabilities and accelerate its development timeline.
“A high-performance, production-ready ADC is a critical piece to scaling our AFN, and we are taking a hands-on role to advance its development with the help of Nvidia,” said Cheng Lu, president and CEO of TuSimple. “We believe this move provides us a significant competitive advantage in speeding time to market and further extending our industry leadership position.”
TuSimple will own usage rights to the ADC reference design, including certain limited ‘first-use’ provisions. TuSimple intends to work with third-party manufacturers for the production of the ADC.