Neta Auto, an electric vehicle company owned by China's Hozon Auto, has partnered with Nvidia, becoming the latest local electric vehicle (EV) maker to use the US chip giant's smart driving chip.
Neta entered into a partnership with Nvidia on October 27 to carry the Nvidia DRIVE Orin computing platform in future models, the company said today.
Neta and Nvidia China executives signed the partnership at the EV maker's factory in Tongxiang, Zhejiang province, according to a statement from the company.
Neta is mainly targeting the cheap EV market, with the Neta V and Neta U currently being delivered for around 100,000 yuan ($13,830).
On July 31, Neta officially launched its flagship sedan Neta S, with a price range of RMB 199,800 - 338,800.
In terms of assisted driving chip, Neta did not make its flagship model equipped with Nvidia's Orin chip like its local counterparts including NIO and XPeng Motors, but adopted Huawei's MDC610 computing platform.
On October 10, Neta made the Neta U-II electric SUV officially available in China as the successor to the Neta U.
The model has a price range of RMB 129,800 to RMB 159,800 and the assisted driving system is built on the Journey 3 chip from local chipmaker Horizon Robotics.
Neta and Nvidia will collaborate deeply on the EV maker's new EE architecture for its central supercomputing platform, according to a statement from the company.
Neta is developing a new generation of core technologies and models for the central computing EE architecture that will further enhance vehicle intelligence and safety, said Zhang Yong, co-founder and CEO of the EV maker.
Neta's subsequent new models will be equipped with the Nvidia DRIVE Orin system-on-chip, which features a new GPU and a 12-core ARM CPU with up to 254 TOPS of computing power per chip, about 10 times the computing power of most mainstream chips, the company said.
In addition to the DRIVE Orin chip, Neta will also continue to focus on the introduction of Nvidia's next-generation Thor chip, the company said.
Nvidia unveiled its new system for autonomous driving, DRIVE Thor, on September 20 as a successor to DRIVE Orin, targeting automakers' 2025 models.
On the development of Neta's XPC central computing platform, the company expects the powerful computing performance of the DRIVE Thor chip to provide powerful and most reliable central computing power for automotive products, it said.
Neta delivered 18,005 units in September, the fourth consecutive record month, up 133.86 percent from 7,699 units in the same month last year and up 12.41 percent from 16,017 units in August, according to data released earlier this month.
From January to September, Neta delivered 111,190 vehicles, up 168.40 percent from 41,427 units in the same period last year.