Electronics and Semiconductors

CES 2022: China’s JiDU adopts Nvidia’s Orin for first self-driving car

07 January 2022

Nvidia announced at CES 2022 another automotive startup has chosen its semiconductors to power future Level 4 autonomous driving vehicles.

JiDU, a Chinese automotive startup backed by Baidu, will use Nvidia’s Drive Orin system-on-chip (SoC) for its first production model that will be unveiled at the upcoming Beijing Auto Show in April and is slated for mass production and delivery by 2023.

"The JiDU vehicle has been designed to operate under the concepts of free movement, natural communication and self-improvement,” said Robin Li, Baidu co-founder and CEO. “First, the JiDU self-driving vehicle features L4 autonomous driving capability for free movement. Second, human-car interaction and accurate identification of speech semantics enable the car to communicate naturally. Third, the vehicle can self-learn and iterate based on user's habits and constantly optimize autonomous driving features and smart cockpit experiences to realize self-growth."

The free movement refers to Level 4 self-driving capability that covers all driving scenarios and provides autonomous functions across high-speed and urban open road environments.

JiDU’s intelligent driving system is powered by Baidu’s self-driving computing platform using Nvidia’s Drive Orin and its software is being jointly developed by JiDU and Baidu.

JiDU joins a growing list of companies that have signed on to develop Orin-powered vehicles including Volvo Cars and four other Chinese startups including SAIC, NIO, Li Auto and Xpeng.

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