Southern California-based automaker and high-tech incubator Karma Group today announced during the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference in China that it will leverage the NVIDIA DRIVE AGX Xavier and Pegasus AI computing platforms for future autonomous electric vehicle capabilities.
Karma Group’s path forward as a technology-focused innovator combines its two vehicle platforms and two core technologies with five intelligent ecosystems. Karma’s vehicle platforms consist of its family of Revero vehicles and Project e-Klipse, its all-electric global platform starting in 2021. Its two core technologies include both full electric vehicles (BEVs) and extended range vehicles (EREVS). These platforms and technologies are supported by five intelligent ecosystems: Karma Skateboard, Cockpit, CarNet, Drive and Cloud. Karma’s ecosystems and electric vehicle architecture can be scaled across different vehicle models and types, powered by cutting-edge technologies including artificial intelligence, autonomous driving and advanced connectivity.
Karma will leverage both NVIDIA DRIVE AGX Xavier and DRIVE AGX Pegasus AI computing platforms for its autonomous driving systems. At the core of the DRIVE AGX platform is the auto-grade NVIDIA Xavier system-on-a-chip, the first processor developed for autonomous driving. It incorporates six different types of processors for running redundant and diverse algorithms for AI, sensor processing, mapping and driving.
Delivering up to 320 TOPS of performance, the DRIVE AGX platform can run an array of deep neural networks simultaneously and is designed to safely handle highly automated driving in preparation of an autonomous future.
Karma’s technology-focused ecosystem is supported by its fully certified Revero products presently on the road that can serve as technology test-beds, a fully-operational manufacturing facility, and complete line of engineering and design resources. These offerings, when coupled with NVIDIA’s technology, will boost Karma’s IP and technology portfolio, while lending company resources and expertise to other partners – reducing the development and production timeline to bring products to market faster.
AI can also be used for intelligent in-cabin safety and entertainment features. These technologies have potential applications within future Karma products, including Project e-Klipse, the company’s all-electric global platform that will produce several different models starting in 2021.