BYD and Nvidia enhance partnership for software-defined vehicles built on Nvidia Drive

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New energy vehicles (NEVs) manufacturer BYD will extend its use of the Nvidia Drive Orin centralized compute platform in a wider range of its NEVs. The enhanced partnership will see Drive Orin being utilized across several BYD models, including in the OEM’s next-generation Dynasty and Ocean series of vehicles.

The duo shares a belief that future cars will be programmable, evolving from being based on many embedded controllers to high-performance centralized computers – with additional functions and updates being delivered or enhanced through new software over the vehicle’s service life. Drive Orin’s compute horsepower is vital to enable diverse, redundant sensor processing in real time and it also provides vehicle manufacturers with the compute headroom to develop and support new software-driven services.

Production of Drive Orin began in 2022 and was claimed as being “the highest-performance automotive-grade processor on the market.” The automotive industry has since adopted the AI engine for use within an array of NEVs, robotaxis, shuttles and trucks. The Drive Orin platform is scalable and capable of performing up to 254 trillion operations per second. This high level of performance enables it to power AI cockpits and automated driving functions while continuing to run deep neural networks to provide excellent safety and reliability.

“Nvidia Drive Orin has been enormously successful with global mobility leaders that are building the software-defined future,” said Rishi Dhall, vice president of automotive at Nvidia. “Our ongoing collaboration with BYD is a testament to the industry’s confidence in Drive Orin as the centralized computer for today’s and tomorrow’s intelligent vehicles.”

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