Arm and Nuro steer autonomous driving advance

22 Feb, 2024
Tony Quested
A Cambridge-California tie-up steered by Arm in the UK and Mountain Valley innovator Nuro is fast-tracking a new autonomous vehicles venture. The partners have revealed a multi-year collaboration to drive a scalable approach to the commercialisation of autonomous vehicles with AI built into their foundations.
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As part of this partnership, Nuro is leveraging ​the​​​ leading-edge ​​​Arm® ​Automotive Enhanced (AE) technology to develop the next generation Nuro Driver™.

The Nuro Driver™ is Nuro’s core technology, an integrated autonomous driving system consisting of state-of-the-art, AI-first software and custom-built sense and compute hardware.

Being AI-first means Nuro Driver’s perception and behaviour capabilities are learned from data to capture the nuances of the real world and provide a natural driving experience.

The resulting autonomy system, which leverages the latest cutting edge research in AI technology, is embedded in an engineered system with rules-based checks to provide further safety guarantees.

This technology is on roads today in two States delivering Nuro’s first commercial application – local goods delivery. The Nuro Driver™ is said to have broad applicability across many use cases and has already been successfully integrated into seven distinct commercial and consumer vehicle platforms.

Andrew Clare, Nuro’s CTO, said: “Our goal has always been to bring the benefits of autonomous technology to as many people as possible. Building the next generation Nuro Driver on Arm signals that we are moving toward realising that goal.

“Our AI-first approach to autonomy requires best-in-class compute performance paired with exceptional power efficiency – a combination Arm excels at.”

Nuro is currently leveraging Arm IP across its autonomy stack and plans to build its next-generation Nuro Driver™ on Arm. The company chose Arm as its foundational platform of choice because it delivers the safety-enabled, specialised computing capabilities that autonomous applications require, within the space, power and thermal constraints of modern systems.

The tech twosome plan to build the next generation of autonomous vehicles at scale with platforms like Arm’s AE technology, which is enabling the shift from prototype autonomous systems based on large servers to efficient, automotive grade, safety-certified solutions.

Dipti Vachani, SVP and GM Automotive Line of Business, Arm, comments: “Where there is AI, there is Arm – and now the AI revolution is delivering game-changing advances in the autonomous sector.

“​We are delivering cutting edge, safety-enabled compute platforms with AI capabilities built into them from the ground up, enabling this technology to scale across multiple applications and providers.

“Strategic long-term collaborations like this one between Arm and Nuro will ​accelerate progress on the journey to an autonomous future​, built on Arm.”