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NVIDIA was fairly active at this year’s CES event, which served as a billboard of sorts for the GPU maker to expand its inventory of automotive partnerships. It is perhaps fitting that NVIDIA’s market capitalization now exceeds that of Tesla, with the latter continuing to struggle amid an alarming shortfall in demand for its electric vehicles.
To wit, NVIDIA has now officially partnered with Foxconn — which serves as an important manufacturing node in the iPhone ecosystem — in developing self-driving platforms. According to the details, Foxconn will manufacture Electronic Control Units (ECUs) based on NVIDIA’s DRIVE Orin SoC, the CPU for Intelligent Vehicles. Electric vehicles manufactured by Foxconn will soon feature DRIVE Orin electronic control units as well as DRIVE Hyperion sensors for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
As a refresher, NVIDIA’s DRIVE Orin system can perform up to 254 trillion operations per second and is designed to handle a large number of applications and deep neural networks running simultaneously in self-driving vehicles. Moreover, DRIVE Hyperion is a modular development platform for autonomous vehicles. Together, the two products act as the brain and central nervous system of self-driving vehicles, allowing massive amounts of sensor data to be collected and processed in real time.
In another noteworthy development, NVIDIA’s GeForce Now game streaming service will soon be accessible from BYD, Hyundai, Kia, Genesis, and Polestar vehicles. The cloud gaming service will be available to drivers and front-seat passengers while the eligible EV is either parked or charging. If the eligible rear seat model is shown, the service will still be available even when you are on the road. NVIDIA’s GeForce Now has a huge library of games, consisting of about 1,500 titles like A Plague Tale: Requiem, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Cyberpunk 2077, Fortnite, Lost Ark, Destiny 2, etc. A GeForce Now client for vehicles that can run on Android or browser-based in-car infotainment systems.