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Autonomous trucking developer Inceptio partners with chipmaker Ambarella

Inceptio Technology, an autonomous driving truck technology developer, has selected two each of Ambarella’s CV2FS and CV2AQ edge AI systems on chip (SoCs) – a total of four CVflow SoCs – for its automotive-grade central computing platform.

This platform is at the core of Inceptio’s full-stack XuanYuan autonomous driving system for trucks, where Ambarella’s SoCs provide high-performance and low-power processing simultaneously for seven 8MP cameras, including AI compute, for surround camera perception and front ADAS safety features like collision avoidance.

Susan Beardslee, ABI Research’s principal analyst for supply chain management and logistics, says: “Globally, there were over 223 million registered commercial vehicles (light-duty to heavy-duty) by the end of 2021.

“Inceptio’s adoption of Ambarella’s CVflow AI processors, initially designed in SAE L3 autonomous trucks jointly developed by Inceptio and its OEM partners, provide fleet operations with critically needed advanced collision avoidance. We expect over 4.2 million SAE Level 2-4 commercial vehicles to ship worldwide in 2030.”

Gary Huang, EVP of Inceptio Technology, says: “We chose Ambarella’s SoCs due to their advanced imaging capabilities and high performance in AI processing at low power, as well as the company’s strong cooperation and support.

“The highly efficient architecture of Ambarella’s CV2 SoCs contributes to the excellent performance when running our advanced 3D computer vision algorithms.

“Inceptio Technology and our OEM partners started the mass production of L3 trucks at the end of 2021, and we will continue to optimize and iterate our autonomous driving technologies and products, while expanding our OEM cooperation and the application of vehicle platforms.

“We are very pleased to be working with Ambarella and look forward to exploring new opportunities together in the near future.”

Fermi Wang, president and CEO of Ambarella, says: “We were honored to partner with Inceptio on their L3 autonomous trucks and help their XuanYuan AD system achieve over 2 million kilometers of real-world operation.

“Our CVflow edge AI SoCs provide Inceptio with high-performance AI processing to implement advanced computer vision and neural network algorithms, industry-leading image signal processing for maximum clarity in challenging lighting conditions and the industry’s best performance per watt, enabling Inceptio to stay well within their thermal and power budgets.”

Ambarella’s ASIL-C certified CV2FS SOCs are deployed to perform collision avoidance while addressing the system requirement for functional safety. Additionally, Ambarella’s QM qualified CV2AQ SoCs are doing segmentation and object detection, including traffic lanes and signs.

Inceptio’s XuanYuan autonomous driving system is available now, as are Ambarella’s CV2FS and CV2AQ edge AI SoCs.

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