Beware Tesla, this chip manufacturer could be dangerous to you!
With the Chinese brand Nio, the next manufacturer is now using Nvidia chips for autonomous driving. Things are slowly getting tight for Tesla.
Million sales in the automotive sector
Alexa for the car
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Nevertheless, sales of 700 million US dollars (10 percent more than 2018) in the automotive sector can be seen. So the numbers show that Nvidia is fully committed to growth in its automotive division.
Mercedes in future with Nvidia Drive
Mercedes wants to get vehicles with Nvidia Drive on the road by 2024.
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The new big partners in the automotive industry come in handy. With Daimler, the first German manufacturer is getting the Americans’ Orin chips under the tin on a large scale and is planning to break with a practice that is common in this country. In the future, the umpteen control units in the cars with the star are to be bundled in one control unit. This is the only way to catch up with the competition when it comes to autonomous driving. Tesla has been using this approach for years and is driving it around in front of the Europeans, with the Nvidia Drive platform that should change (AUTO BILD reported). At the same time, a separate Mercedes operating system is to be created with which the vehicle functions can exchange even more data with one another. Nvidia chips were also used in models from Audi and Co. before, but the holistic approach from Daimler makes it special.
First Hyundai models by 2022
Nio makes Tesla sweat with Nvidia
In the ET7 from Nio, four Nvidia chips are supposed to make Tesla legs.
China’s flagship electric car maker Nio also relies on American knowledge. Since more is almost always better, four Nvidia chips from the drive platform are used in the new flagship ET7. The processing units together create a performance of over 1000 “Tera Operations Per Second” (TOPS). An enormous number of calculations that even Tesla, with its currently 144 TOPS from four processors, should make a sweat. For a better understanding: The A14 bionic chip in the new iPad Air is said to have up to 11 TOPS machine learning performance. According to Nvidia, the Orin chip is the “most powerful processor for autonomous vehicles and robots worldwide”. China’s largest car manufacturer SAIC also wants to use the Nvidia Drive platform to advance its e-cars in terms of autonomous driving.
Opportunity for manufacturers but remains a problem
Attack on Tesla has begun
So it remains exciting in the battle for future market shares. It remains to be seen whether manufacturers who develop themselves will drive better, or whether those who acquire certain skills will be successful. At Daimler and Hyundai, the first fruits of the cooperation with Nvidia can already be seen in the near future. It remains to be seen whether it will be enough for Tesla’s throne. The class leader shouldn’t feel too confident when it comes to networking. The former ally has gathered new companions around him and is planning the attack!