ON Semiconductor and Pony.ai announced that they will collaborate on developing next-generation image sensing and processing technologies for machine vision to enhance the reliability and scalability of mass-produced autonomous vehicles.

Pony.ai is working to revolutionize the future of transportation by building safe and reliable technology for autonomous mobility. Since late 2018, Pony.ai has pioneered autonomous mobility deployment to benefit people in both the US and China. Pony.ai is the first company to roll out daily robotaxi operation in China, starting in the city of Guangzhou in December 2018. In collaboration with Hyundai and Via, the company is also the first to launch and offer a robotaxi service to the general public in California, which has been operating in Irvine since November 2019.

ON Semiconductor has developed a leading position in the automotive sector through its innovative products and solutions in imaging, radar, LiDAR and ultrasonic sensing. The company is unique in that it offers all four sensor modalities key to autonomous driving’s perception systems. Pony.ai is leveraging ON’s image sensing and processing chips to capture and process a large amount of camera data everyday with its global autonomous fleet. Utilizing data-driven algorithms, the next-generation image sensing and processing models could maximize information from cameras and vastly expand the perception capabilities of autonomous vehicles.