NIO ET5 designed for the autonomous era with DRIVE Orin

Meet the electric vehicle that is truly future-proof.

The electric car manufacturer NIO finally took off its fifth mass production model, ET5, during NIO Day 2021 last week.

The midsize sedan borrows from its luxury and performance predecessors for an intelligent vehicle that is as agile as it is comfortable. ET5 is a software-defined vehicle with a complete computer architecture built on NVIDIA DRIVE Orin, which delivers continuous customer value and opens up new business models.

This combination of high-performance computing and software-defined, intelligent features enhances supply chain management and redefines the customer experience.

The ET5 is built on the NIO Adam supercomputer with four NVIDIA DRIVE Orin systems on one chip (SoC) at its core.

In addition to centralized computing, the ET5 incorporates high-performance sensors in its sleek design that equips it with the necessary hardware for advanced AI-assisted driving capabilities.

The sedan also embodies the NIO concept with vehicles that function like a second living room, with a luxurious interior and immersive augmented reality digital cockpit.

These groundbreaking features are built to go a long way. The ET5 achieves more than 620 miles of range with the 150 kWh Ultralong Range Battery and a lightning-fast acceleration from zero to 60 mph in about four seconds.

A truly intelligent creation

ET5 and its older siblings, the ET7 full-size sedan, rely on a centralized, high-performance computing architecture to power AI features and receive ongoing upgrades wirelessly.

The NIO Adam supercomputer is built on four DRIVE Orin SoCs, making it one of the most powerful platforms to run in a vehicle and achieving a total of more than 1,000 TOPS of performance.

Orin is the world’s highest performing, most advanced AV and robot processor. It delivers up to 254 TOPS to handle the large number of applications and deep neural networks running simultaneously in autonomous vehicles and robots, while achieving systematic safety standards such as ISO 26262 ASIL-D.

Adam integrates the redundancy and diversity needed for secure autonomous operation by using multiple SoCs.

The first two SoCs process the eight gigabytes of data produced by the vehicle’s sensor set every second.

The third Orin acts as a backup to ensure that the system can function safely in any situation.

While the fourth enables local training, the vehicle improves with fleet learning and personalization of the driving experience based on user preferences.

With high-performance computing at its core, Adam is a major achievement in the creation of automotive intelligence and autonomous driving.

To go global

After commencing deliveries in Norway earlier this year, NIO will expand worldwide in 2022.

ET7, the first vehicle built on the DRIVE Orin-powered Adam supercomputer, will be available in March, and ET5 will follow in September.

Next year, NIO vehicles will begin deliveries in the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark.

By 2025, NIO vehicles will be in 25 countries and regions worldwide, bringing one of the most advanced AI platforms to even more customers.

With the ET5, the NIO shows no signs of slowing down as it charges into the future with sleek, intelligent electric cars powered by NVIDIA DRIVE.

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