Daimler, Nvidia co-develop software-defined vehicle architecture

June 24, 2020 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Daimler, Nvidia co-develop software-defined vehicle architecture
Less than a week after Daimler withdrew from joint electronics development activities with BMW, the company is now showing where the journey is headed: Together with Nvidia, Daimler wants to develop a flexible, updatable computer architecture for its Mercedes-Benz brand.

The new computer architecture is to be based on Nvidia's drive platform with the Orin processor SoC and will be used in all vehicles of the Mercedes-Benz brand from 2024. This SoC is based on Nvidia's recently announced ampere supercomputing architecture. An operating system still to be developed plays a central role, which should grow with its tasks. To this end, the entire system is to be as update-capable as a current smartphone; updates are to take place via the air interface (over-the-air, OTA).

In a joint virtual press conference, Daimler CEO Ola Källenius and Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang presented the close cooperation within which the two companies will jointly develop the computer platform. The platform will control all the vehicle's electronic functions, from driver assistance to fully automatic driving in the future, Källenius explained.

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