During the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Baidu and JiDU Automotive announced that JiDU’s first production vehicle model will be powered by the NVIDIA DRIVE Orin SoC (system-on-chip). This next-generation vehicle with Level 4 (L4) autonomous driving capability will be unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show in April, followed by 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, at Baidu’s annual flagship developer’s conference Baidu Create 2021. “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.”
Free movement refers to the L4 autonomous driving capability supported by JiDU’s intelligent driving system. The system covers all-area autonomous driving scenarios and provides industry-leading safe and reliable autonomous driving functions across high-speed and urban open road environments. The JiDU intelligent driving system is powered by Baidu‘s autonomous driving computing platform using NVIDIA DRIVE Orin, while its software and algorithms are jointly developed by JiDU and Baidu.
NVIDIA DRIVE Orin is specifically designed for software-defined cars, enabling continuous upgrades throughout the car’s entire life via over-the-air software updates. It processes 254 trillion operations per second (TOPS) of computing performance and can support autonomous driving functions, confidence view visualization, digital clusters, infotainment and passenger interaction AI. DRIVE Orin is available for automakers and truck makers with production vehicles starting later this year.
Baidu has 13,000 AI patents, ranking first in the number of AI patent applications, authorizations and patent quality in China and the world’s first in the field of deep-learning applications with 3,400 intelligent driving patents. With an accumulated L4 autonomous driving test mileage of 21 million kilometers, Baidu has become the only Chinese company to rank among Guidehouse Insights’ global automated driving leaders for two consecutive years.
JiDU CEO Yiping Xia said: “Since our formation last year, JiDU has begun mass production software R&D verification based on the software-integrated simulation prototype SIMUCar, bringing innovation and high efficiency in the field of intelligent development. By the end of 2021, SIMUCar successfully demonstrated intelligent assisted driving in both urban and high-speed areas. Relying on Baidu’s advanced AI capabilities and autonomous driving technology, as well as NVIDIA DRIVE Orin computing power, we can provide users with leading safe and reliable self-driving products, and create vehicles that can move around freely and get better over time. In 2023, JiDU’s first mass-produced product will surely become the benchmark for smart cars.”
Tong Liu, general manager of NVIDIA’s automotive business in China, said: “More and more established automakers and startups alike are turning to NVIDIA DRIVE Orin for building their software-defined cars with advanced AI capabilities. Working closely with Baidu and JiDU, we’re helping bring to the market a new generation of vehicles that will offer consumers a safe and intelligent driving experience.”