Jan 13, 2021

Who is latest Nvidia autonomous vehicle partner NIO?

NIO
autonomous vehicles
AI
William Smith
2 min
Chinese automobile manufacturer NIO is one of a bevy of autonomous electric vehicle producers founded in recent years
Chinese automobile manufacturer NIO is one of a bevy of autonomous electric vehicle producers founded in recent years...

Chinese automobile manufacturer NIO is one of a bevy of autonomous electric vehicle producers founded in recent years.

It has set itself apart from the pack by virtue of efforts including a Formula E racing team, and its development of an electric hypercar, the EP9.

The company has recently announced its first saloon, a director competitor to Tesla’s Model S. The ET7 is expected to reach Chinese customers first in 2022, boasting an industry -leading 150kWh battery.

It’s efforts in the autonomous vehicle space have also drawn attention, having first been granted an autonomous testing permit in California in 2016. Its NIO Pilot autonomous system was launched in 2018, ranked level 2 on the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Levels of Driving Automation Standard. Level 2 denotes a vehicle with automated steering and acceleration features, such as stay-in-lane and self-parking.

NIO recently announced a partnership with American tech firm Nvidia to develop a new generation of autonomous vehicles, using Nvidia’s DRIVE Orin SoC to power an in-built supercomputer slated to appear in its vehicles starting in 2022.

In a press release, William Li, Founder, Chairman and CEO of NIO, said: “The cooperation of NIO and NVIDIA will accelerate the development of autonomous driving on smart vehicles. NIO’s in-house developed autonomous driving algorithms will be running on four industry-leading NVIDIA Orin processors, delivering an unprecedented 1000+ TOPS in production cars.”

“Autonomy and electrification are the key forces transforming the automotive industry,” said Jensen Huang, NVIDIA founder and CEO. “We are delighted to partner with NIO, a leader in the new energy vehicle revolution—leveraging the power of AI to create the software-defined EV fleets of the future.”

It closed out last year with the announcement that it had achieved record vehicle deliveries in December totalling 7,007, increasing by 121% year over year. 

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Jun 18, 2021

Microsoft: Building a secure foundation to drive NASCAR

Microsoft
NASCAR
3 min
Racing fans can expect the ultimate virtual experience as a result of the partnership with Microsoft and NASCAR

Microsoft is a key partner of The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and together they are driving ahead to create an inclusive and immersive new fan experience (FX).

These long-term partners have not only navigated the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic with the use of Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365, but are now looking to a future packed with virtual events to enhance the FX, well beyond NASCAR’S famous Daytona racetrack. 

“Together, we've created a secure environment that's allowed for collaboration, but the future is all about the fans”, said Melinda Cook, General Manager for Microsoft South USA Commercial Business, who cited a culture of transparency, passion, adaptiveness, and a growth mindset as to why this alignment is so successful.”

“We've partnered to create a fluid, immersive experience for the users that is supported by a secure foundation with Microsoft in the background. We are focused on empowering and enabling customers and businesses, like NASCAR, to reach their full potential. We do this with our cloud platform which provides data insights and security.”

“Our cloud environment allows NASCAR to move forward with their digital transformation journey while we are in the background,” said Cook who highlights that Microsoft is helping NASCAR

  • Empower employees productivity and collaboration
  • Improve fan engagement and experience
  • Improve environment security and IT productivity
  • Improve racing operations

 

Microsoft Teams, which is part of the Microsoft 365 suite, enabled employees to work remotely, while staying productive, during the pandemic. “This allowed people to provide the same level of productivity with the use of video conference and instant messaging to collaborate on documents. Increased automation also allows the pit crews, IT, and the business to focus on safety, racing operations, and on the fan experience,” said Cook.

“We have started to innovate to create a more inclusive fanbase, this includes using Xbox to give people the experience of being a virtual racer or even leveraging some of the tools in Microsoft Teams to have a virtual ride along experience.”

“These environments are how we create a more inclusive and immersive experience for the fans. We're working on a virtual fan wall which allows people from new locations to participate in these events,” said Cook, who pointed out Microsoft was also helping bring legacy experiences alive from NASCAR’s archives. 

“At Microsoft we can take it one level further by letting fans know what it's like to see the pit crew experience, the data and all the behind-the-scenes action. We will continue to improve automation with machine learning and artificial intelligence, from marketing to IT operations to finance to racing operations,” said Cook.

Christine Stoffel-Moffett, Vice President of Enterprise Technology at NASCAR, said: “Microsoft is one of our key partners. They have been instrumental in helping the NASCAR enterprise technology team re-architect our Microsoft systems to ensure an advanced level of security across our environment, contribute to our business outcomes, and focus on fan experience.”

 

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