Einride Driverless Cargo Pods Ready for Highway

Swedish driverless truck manufacturer, Einride, has chosen Nvidia’s computing platform to power its latest Pod transporter now ready for highway use.

It has announced that the Drive AGX Orin autonomous vehicle computing platform will handle high-speed, unmanned operations performed by the latest version of its cargo delivering Pod. Einride claims its Pods enable heavy freight operation that is unmanned and 100% electric. It says the next-generation Pod driverless operations out from simply geo-fenced locations and onto public highways.

Aiding this is Nvidia’s Drive AGX platform and its Orin SoC (system-on-a-chip), which consists of 17 billion transistors featuring its next-generation GPU architecture, Arm Hercules-AE CPU cores, new deep learning accelerators and other AV processors. The company claims a single Orin SoC packs more than 200 trillion operations per second, nearly seven-times the performance and three-times more power efficient than Nvidia’s previous generation SoC.

Pär Degerman, CTO of Einride, said: “Safety and functionality in autonomous drive are achieved in two ways: diversity and redundancy. To capture and account for the diversity in a myriad of operational scenarios, and to develop the redundancy necessary to improve functionality, we need the most advanced processors possible, and that’s where Nvidia Orin comes in.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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