EV car and bus maker BYD said it would extend its use of the NVIDIA Drive Orin centralised computing platform in a broader range of its NEVs.

The enhanced supply deal will expand the chip’s use across multiple models in its upcoming Dynasty and Ocean series of vehicles.

BYD and Nvidia believe future cars will be programmable, evolving from being based on many embedded controllers to high performance centralised computers, with functionality delivered and enhanced through software updates over the life of the car.

Nividia claims the ‘compute horsepower’ from Drive Orin is critical for diverse, redundant sensor processing in real time and provides automakers with the computing ‘headroom’ to develop and support new software driven services throughout vehicle life.

Since entering production last year, the chip, which it claims is the highest performance automotive grade processor available, has become “the transportation industry’s AI engine of choice for the new generation of NEVs, robotaxis, shuttles and trucks”. The scalable platform is capable of performing up to 254 trillion operations per second, enabling it to power automated driving functions, simultaneously running numerous deep neural networks.

Nvidia head of automotive, Rishi Dhall, said: “Our ongoing collaboration with BYD is a testament to the industry’s confidence in Drive Orin as the central computer for… intelligent vehicles.”

BYD said earlier this year it would add the chip supplier’s GeForce Now cloud gaming service to its vehicles.