TuSimple, NVIDIA Develop Domain Controller to Scale Up Autonomous Trucking

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On Tuesday, TuSimple, a global autonomous driving technology company, has expanded its ongoing partnership with NVIDIA to design and develop an advanced autonomous domain controller (ADC) specifically engineered for TuSimple’s Level 4 autonomous trucking applications. The ADC design will incorporate the NVIDIA DRIVE Orin system-on-a-chip (SoC).

The scalable NVIDIA DRIVE Orin SoC delivers 254 TOPS (trillion operations per second) of performance. The collaboration with NVIDIA is intended to accelerate TuSimple’s ability to put autonomous trucks on the Autonomous Freight Network (AFN) at scale with a production-ready computing solution capable of handling both the unique requirements and powerful computational needs of TuSimple’s autonomous driving system (ADS).

The ADC is an integral part of TuSimple’s autonomous driving system and serves as an autonomous semi-truck’s central computer unit that processes trillions of operations per second, including mission-critical functions such as perception, planning, and actuation. This strategic vertical integration will give TuSimple more control over the ADC’s capabilities and accelerate its development timeline.

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“A high-performance, production-ready ADC is a critical piece to scaling our AFN,” said Cheng Lu, President, and CEO of TuSimple. “We believe this move provides us a significant competitive advantage in speeding up our time to market.”