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Chinese Automaker Chery to Use NVIDIA-Powered ZF ProAI for Level 3 Autonomous Cars

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Chery road testing its intelligent interconnected cars.

Chery, one of China's leading automakers, is adopting the new ZF ProAI system, powered by NVIDIA DRIVE AI self-driving technology, to bring Level 3 autonomous driving to the world's biggest auto market.

The news was announced Tuesday, Jan. 16 at the North American International Auto Show, in Detroit, by Konstantin Sauer, CEO of ZF, one of the world's biggest auto parts suppliers.

Chery, which makes cars, minivans and SUVs, will be the first Chinese carmaker to adopt the new ZF ProAI system, developed by NVIDIA, Baidu and ZF.

For over two decades, Chery has been making vehicles for the Chinese market, as well as for more than 80 countries globally. The company has earned a reputation for bringing advanced technologies to its highly affordable, entry-level models.

"This collaboration will democratize autonomous driving functions in one of the most important automotive markets of the world and bring autonomous driving for everyone," said Sauer.

At CES 2018 last week, NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang highlighted our partnership with Baidu and ZF to move autonomous vehicles from development into production. Together, the companies are pioneering advances in deep learning and AI to create the first AI autonomous vehicle computing platform for China.

A Trifecta of Automotive Technology

Powering the ZF ProAI is the NVIDIA DRIVE Xavier AI car computer. Xavier is the world's most complex and advanced SoC, capable of performing 30 deep learning TOPS (trillions of operations per second), using only 30 watts of power.

NVIDIA DRIVE Xavier
NVIDIA DRIVE Xavier cranks through 30 TOPS at just 30 watts.

ZF, a leader in automotive safety, brings expertise for system integration of the car computer and sensors. ZF ProAI will process inputs from multiple cameras, plus lidar and radar, paint a 360-degree view around the vehicle, locate it on an HD map, and find a safe path through traffic.

Baidu's Apollo open autonomous driving platform provides a comprehensive, secure and reliable all-in-one solution that supports all major features and functions of an autonomous vehicle.

To learn more, check out ZF's press release from NAIAS 2018.

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