SANTA CLARA and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Autonomous Class 8 truck company Kodiak Robotics has selected Ambarella’s CV3-AD685 artificial intelligence (AI) domain control system-on-chip (SoC) as a complete embedded compute solution for its next-generation autonomous vehicles.
According to a news release, this SoC provides a complete embedded solution for Kodiak’s multi-sensor perception, fusion and path planning — running neural networks while processing multiple cameras, lidars and radars.
“Building on the success of the companies’ current partnership, Kodiak has already logged more than 300,000 miles on Ambarella’s CV2 AI perception SoC while delivering over 875 loads, demonstrating that Kodiak Driver with help from the Ambarella hardware can withstand the rigorous environment of highway trucking,” a news release stated. “The CV2 has enabled premium image quality through rain, fog and darkness — ensuring that Kodiak delivers freight for its customers safely and on time.”
Kodiak’s next-generation self-driving truck platform will utilize the CV3-AD685 SoC to optimize hardware cost, reliability, size and robustness, while improving safety and performance, the news release noted. Designed with Ambarella’s “algorithm first” philosophy, this 5nm SoC is purpose-built to provide a high-performance compute solution in the smallest form factor, which enables Kodiak’s modular autonomous vehicle platform hardware across a wide variety of environmental conditions.
“The CV3-AD685 enables the Kodiak Driver, Kodiak’s autonomous system, to turn sensor data into actionable insight with lower latency, lower power consumption, and higher reliability,” said Don Burnette, Kodiak’s Founder and CEO. “We are excited to exhibit a Kodiak autonomous truck at Ambarella’s invitation-only event during CES for the second year in a row, demonstrating how our partnership furthers the mission of autonomous trucking.”
The Ambarella CV3-AD685 AI domain controller offers a combination of AI processing, advanced image signal processing and ultra-low power consumption. Its next-generation CVflow, AI engine includes a neural vector processor engine that is 20 times faster than the previous generation of CV2 SoCs, along with a general vector processor to provide the overall performance needed for full autonomous driving stacks.
View Kodiak’s autonomous truck and learn more about what Ambarella’s SoCs are doing inside at Ambarella’s invitation-only exhibition during CES in Las Vegas. Contact your Ambarella representative to schedule a meeting. For more information about Ambarella, please visit www.ambarella.com. For more information about Kodiak Robotics, please visit www.kodiak.ai.
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