Sweden’s Einride has announced that the next generation of its autonomous Einride Pods will use NVIDIA’s DRIVE AGX Orin autonomous vehicle computing platform to handle high-speed, unmanned operations.
The Einride Pod is the first vehicle of its kind, enabling heavy freight operation that is completely unmanned and 100 percent electric.
NVIDIA’s Orin delivers the capability to support Einride’s software-defined commercial Level 3 and 4 Autonomous Electric Transport (AET) solutions, which operate on backroads and freeways.
Pär Degerman, CTO of Einride, says: “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.”
Danny Shapiro, senior director of automotive, NVIDIA, adds: “Einride’s next-generation Pods will be able to achieve scalability and autonomous functionality by leveraging high-performance, energy-efficient NVIDIA computing in the vehicle. Our Orin SoC is born out of the data center–delivering the massive compute capability necessary to enable Einride to bring to market transport solutions that can safely increase productivity and improve utilization.”
Robert Falck, CEO and founder of Einride, states: “Cutting-edge freight transport solutions require the very best in capability. NVIDIA AI technology has been instrumental to our development thus far, and we are excited to take the next step together to scale our functionality and the availability of the next-generation Pod worldwide.”
Lidl Sweden, one of Einride’s original partners has signed on for multiple Pods, and Swedish plant-based milk and dairy product producer Oatly has also agreed to add autonomous operation on top of existing electric truck operations.