NVIDIA DRIVE Hyperion Autonomous Vehicle Development Platform

NVIDIA DRIVE Hyperion™ is an end-to-end, modular development platform and reference architecture for designing autonomous vehicles (AVs). The latest generation includes the NVIDIA DRIVE AGX Orin™, DRIVE AGX Pegasus, and DRIVE Hyperion 8.1 Developer Kits, all built on the NVIDIA DRIVE Orin system-on-a-chip (SoC). These scalable platforms include the foundational NVIDIA DRIVE® SDK—DRIVE OS and DriveWorks—and sensors to deliver the highest levels of safety and efficiency in AV development.



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DRIVE Hyperion 8.1 developer kit in action

DRIVE Hyperion Key Benefits

High Performance

The NVIDIA DRIVE AGX™ modular computing platform delivers rich automotive IO and 254 TOPS per SoC, and is built on auto-grade silicon.

Algorithm Development

Safety-certified sensor sets with production-validated sensor drivers and tuning accelerate algorithm development.

Data Productivity

Accurate sensor calibration, precise time synchronization, efficient data compression, and integrated utilities improve the entire data processing pipeline efficiency.

Optimization & Testing

Physically accurate ray tracing-based virtual sensors are available in NVIDIA DRIVE Sim™ to virtually test and augment datasets with synthetic data.




DRIVE AGX Orin DevKit

The DRIVE AGX Orin Developer Kit uses the high-performance compute of the DRIVE Orin SoC to power autonomous driving capabilities, confidence views, digital clusters, infotainment, and passenger interaction with AI. Developers can build, extend, and leverage one development investment across an entire fleet with this scalable platform.

DRIVE AGX Orin Developer Kit

DRIVE AGX Orin Developer Kit

  • Powered by a single Orin module delivering up to 254 TOPS
  • Includes hardware, software, and sample applications needed for the development of production-level autonomous vehicle applications
  • Built on production auto-grade silicon
  • Provides rich automotive I/O and flexibility to expand
  • Ready for bench or in vehicle development
  • Contact your NVIDIA representative to pre-order
ComponentDescriptionDetails
One Orin SoCDeep Learning Accelerators (DLA)87 TOPS (INT8)
NVIDIA Ampere architecture-class integrated GPU167 TOPS (INT8) | 5.2 TOPS (FP32)
Image Signal Processor (ISP)1.85Gigapixels/s
DRIVE AGX System I/OCamera90Gb/s over 16x GMSL(R) ports
LIDAR/Radar~30Gb/s over Ethernet
Vehicle IO6 CAN interfaces

ComponentDescriptionDetails
One Orin SoC12 Cortex-A78A CPU
Deep Learning Accelerators (DLA)87 TOPS (INT8)
NVIDIA Ampere architecture-class integrated GPU167 TOPS (INT8) | 5.2 TOPS (FP32)
Programmable Vision Accelerators (PVA)2048 GMACS (INT8) | 512 GMACS (INT16)
Image Signal Processor (ISP)1.85Gigapixels/s
Video encoderUp to 1.0GPix/s (H.265)
Video decoderUp to 1.9GPix/s
Memory bandwidth (256-Bit LPDDR5)~200GB/s
DRIVE AGX System I/OCamera90Gb/s over 16x GMSL(R) ports
LIDAR/Radar~30Gb/s over Ethernet
Vehicle IO6 CAN interfaces
Included Accessories Network Interface AdapterConverts 1GbE Rugged Auto HMT-D IO to Standard Ethernet RJ45 IO
Other cablesConnects the DRIVE AGX system to a host development computer

Scaleable AV Platform

  • 254 TOPS for multiple concurrent AI inference pipelines
  • Architected for safety
  • Streamlines software development with a fully assembled developer kit
  • Increases performance with the ability to easily connect multiple boxes

Rich Automotive I/O

  • 16x GMSL cameras
  • 2x 10GbE, 10x 1GbE, 6x 100 MbE
  • DisplayPort 1.4
  • Automotive Audio Bus (A2B)

NVIDIA DRIVE SDK Support

  • Includes the foundational software stack, NVIDIA DRIVE OS with DriveWorks
  • Contains a rich suite of developer tools such as NvMedia, NvStreams, CUDA®, cuDNN, and TensorRT™

DRIVE AGX Pegasus DevKit

The NVIDIA DRIVE AGX Pegasus OA Developer Kit is designed and built for Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous systems. The platform includes a DRIVE Orin module, DRIVE A100 GPU, and DRIVE ConnectX-7 Network Processing Module to deliver the performance and scalability necessary to develop fully autonomous robotaxis.

DRIVE AGX Pegasus OA Developer Kit

DRIVE AGX Pegasus OA includes three modules:

  • NVIDIA DRIVE Orin Module (powered by Orin SoC)
  • NVIDIA DRIVE ConnectX-7 Network Processing Module
  • NVIDIA DRIVE A100 GPU Module

These three modules working together enable Pegasus OA to provide around 1000 TOPS of performance–enough to power autonomous systems in the most complex design domains.

Contact your NVIDIA representative to pre-order. Signed agreements are required.


ComponentDescriptionDetails
One Orin SoCDeep Learning Accelerators (DLA)87 TOPS (INT8)
NVIDIA Ampere architecture-class integrated GPU167 TOPS (INT8) | 5.2 TOPS (FP32)
Image Signal Processor (ISP)1.85Gigapixels/s
One A100 GPUTensor core peak performance900 TOPS (INT8)
One ConnectX-7 Network Processing ModuleNetworkingUp to 2x 50GbE
DRIVE AGX System I/OCamera90Gb/s over 16x GMSL(R) ports
LIDAR/Radar~30Gb/s over Ethernet
Vehicle IO6 CAN interfaces

ComponentDescriptionDetails
One Orin SoC12 Cortex-A78A CPU
Deep Learning Accelerators (DLA)87 TOPS (INT8)
NVIDIA Ampere architecture-class integrated GPU167 TOPS (INT8) | 5.2 TOPS (FP32)
Programmable Vision Accelerators (PVA)2048 GMACS (INT8) | 512 GMACS (INT16)
Image Signal Processor (ISP)1.85Gigapixels/s
Video encoderUp to 1.0GPix/s (H.265)
Video decoderUp to 1.9GPix/s
Memory bandwidth (256-Bit LPDDR5)~200GB/s
One A100 GPUTensor core peak performance900 TOPS (INT8)
PCI Express InterfacePCI Express 4.0 x16
Total frame buffer32GB
Memory bandwidth1433Gbps
One ConnectX-7 Network Processing ModuleNetworkingUp to 2x 50GbE
SecurityIPSec, MACSec
DRIVE AGX System I/OCamera90Gb/s over 16x GMSL(R) ports
LIDAR/Radar~30Gb/s over Ethernet
Vehicle IO6 CAN interfaces
Included AccessoriesNetwork interface adapterConverts 1GbE Rugged auto HMT-D IO to standard Ethernet RJ45 IO
Other cablesConnect the DRIVE AGX system to a host development computer

Open & Scaleable AV Platform

  • Purpose-built for automotive
  • Rich automotive I/O
  • Includes foundational software stack, NVIDIA DRIVE OS with DriveWorks
  • Contains a rich suite of developer tools such as NvMedia, NvStreams, CUDA, cuDNN, and TensorRT

DRIVE Orin Module

  • Automotive-grade certified module brings accelerated AI performance to the edge in a power-efficient and compact form factor
  • >8X performance of the previous generation
  • Provides 254 TOPS for multiple concurrent AI inference pipelines
  • Accelerates time to market

DRIVE A100 GPU Module

  • World’s most powerful GPU purpose-built for autonomous vehicles in an automotive-grade form factor
  • 7X performance of the previous generation
  • 900 TOPS of performance for inference pipelines
  • Can be partitioned into six GPU instances for various workloads

DRIVE ConnectX-7 Network Processing Module

  • Provides highest networking performance to take on the most challenging workloads
  • 100Gbps throughput
  • Offers additional acceleration and offloads the CPU to deliver the scalability and feature-rich technology needed for autonomous vehicles

DRIVE Hyperion 8.1 DevKit

The DRIVE Hyperion Developer Kit is an AV reference architecture that accelerates development, testing, and validation on the path to production. It integrates Orin-based AI compute with a complete sensor set and full software stack.

The DRIVE Hyperion 8.1 DevKit includes:

  • 3 DRIVE AGX Orin DevKits
  • 2 DRIVE Recorders
  • 2 smart storage devices
  • L2+/L3 sensor sets architected for safety

With this reference architecture, developers can use compact record and replay tools, capture raw data from vehicle sensors, and replay encoded data for simulation. DRIVE Hyperion also enables streamlined evaluation of NVIDIA DRIVE Perception.

DRIVE Hyperion reference architecture

ComponentDescriptionDetails
DRIVE AGX Orin DevKitOne Orin SoC254 TOPS (INT8)
Camera90Gb/s over 16x GMSL(R) ports
LIDAR/Radar~30Gb/s over Ethernet
Vehicle IO6 CAN interfaces
DRIVE RecorderTwo Orin SoCs508 TOPS (INT8)
Two​ Mellanox ConnectX6-DXs2x 100GbE (QSFP28)
Networking4x 100GbE QSFP; 4x 10GbE RJ45
PCI Express4x PCI Express Gen4 lanes (8Gbps)
Vehicle IOHarness for CAN/A2B/FlexRay/GPIO
Smart Network Attached Storage (NAS)Storage bandwidth2GB/s lossless data recording
PCI Express4x PCI Express Gen4 lanes
Storage4x M.2 NVMe SSDs (hot pluggable)

AV Sensor Set & Stack

  • Production-ready camera driver and ISP tuning for plug and play performance in DRIVE Orin
  • L2+/L3 sensor sets architected for safety

FUSA Computer Architecture

  • Functionally safe production-ready AV and IX platform
  • The highest level of functional safety and cyber security

4D Data Collection System

  • 3D ground truth data collection overtime with correspondence to ensure accuracy
  • The ability to boost data productivity and accelerate AV development

Virtual sensors in DRIVE Sim

  • DRIVE Sim sensor models for Hyperion 8
  • Faster AV systems development with a complete virtual vehicle and accurate sensor data

Sensors

The DRIVE Hyperion Level 2+/Level 3 sensor set includes 12 cameras, nine radars, one lidar, and 12 ultrasonics, all production-tuned and validated. Designed for the highest level of functional safety and cybersecurity, these sensors are fully synchronized and ready for high-quality 4D data collection. NVIDIA DRIVE Sim models of these sensors are available for testing and validation out of the box.

DRIVE Hyperion sensor set includes 12 wide-angle fisheye cameras.

Camera

A mix of wide-angle fisheye cameras for near vision, paired with high-fidelity wide and tele 8MP cameras for detecting longer distances.

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DRIVE Hyperion sensors have nine radars.

Radar

Multiple radars for overlapping front, side, and corner visibility and redundancy, with increased angular and vertical resolution for complex urban driving.

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DRIVE Hyperion sensor set has high resolution lidars.

Lidar

Front center automotive-grade lidar for an additional layer of redundant vision, as well as a rooftop high-resolution lidar for ground-truth (GT) data collection.

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DRIVE Hyperion sensors come with vehicle odometry sensing.

IMU + GPS

Vehicle odometry sensing for precise localization and ground-truth determination.

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Hyperion 8.1 Sensor Specifications

Sensor Qty & Type Function Details
8 exterior cameras Wide & tele visionSony IMX728, 8.3MPx
4 exterior camerasFisheye near visionSony IMX623, 3.0MPx
6 radarsCorner & side sensingHella Short Range Radar
3 radarsFront & rear sensingContinental 1x Imaging and 2x Long Range Radars
1 lidarFront redundant sensingLuminar
3 interior camerasDriver monitoring system1x OVT - OV2311, 2Mpx
Occupant monitoring system2x OVT - OX05B1S, 5Mpx
2 IMUsVehicle dynamics detectionContinental
1 GPSVehicle location detectionU-blox
1 development lidarGround-truth data collectionHesai
1 development GNSSGround-truth data collectionNovatel
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DRIVE Hyperion sensors coverage illustration

FAQ

NVIDIA DRIVE Hyperion™ is an AV development platform and reference architecture for developing Level 2+ and Level 3 highway autonomous solutions. It consists of a complete sensor suite that’s tuned, optimized, and safety-certified, as well as a high-performance AI computing platform, NVIDIA DRIVE AGX™.

The NVIDIA DRIVE AGX™ Developer Kit provides the hardware, software, and sample applications needed for the development of production-level AVs. The DRIVE AGX system is built on production, auto-grade silicon, engineered with security in mind, and features an open software framework.

The NVIDIA DRIVE Software Development Kit (SDK) is a collection of software packages used for developing autonomous vehicles. It comprises the foundational NVIDIA DRIVE® OS and DriveWorks SDK, as well as advanced applications such as highly automated supervised driving (DRIVE AV) and AI cockpit (DRIVE IX).

The NVIDIA DRIVE OS is a foundational software stack consisting of an embedded Real Time OS (RTOS), hypervisor, NVIDIA DriveWorks, NVIDIA CUDA® libraries, NVIDIA TensorRT™, and other modules that give you access to the hardware engines. DRIVE OS offers a safe and secure execution environment for applications such as secure boot, security services, firewall, and over-the-air updates. Plus, it offers a real-time environment with an RTOS and a hypervisor for Quality of Service (QoS). The RTOS, AUTOSAR, and hypervisor are ASIL-D components.

NVIDIA DriveWorks is a middleware framework that consists of a library of software modules, sample applications, and tools to enable software development for autonomous vehicles. It leverages the computing power of the DRIVE AGX platforms and is designed to be open, modular, and compliant with automotive industry software standards such as ISO26262 and MISRA-C. DriveWorks is available with DRIVE OS releases.

NVIDIA DRIVE IX is a software SDK used for developing in-vehicle applications for safety, comfort, and enhancing the user experience. For more information on how to get started, refer to our DRIVE IX developer page.

The NVIDIA DRIVE AGX Orin™ Developer Kit will be available directly from NVIDIA or through authorized distributors. Users must register their DRIVE AGX Orin Developer Kit to get access to the NVIDIA DRIVE AGX SDK Developer Program where software releases and materials will be published. Users may only join with an approved corporate or university email address.

If you’ve received your NVIDIA DRIVE AGX DevKit, congratulations! The Onboarding Guide provides an overview of all resources relevant to help you start your development.

The DRIVE AGX platforms are compatible with a number of sensors and peripherals from different vendors. A full list is available on the DRIVE Ecosystem Hardware and Software Components.

While both the Jetson AGX and DRIVE AGX kits use the same Orin SoC, DRIVE is built for automotive applications. The following table highlights the differences between the two platforms.

DRIVE AGX
Jetson AGX
Hardware
Segment
Automotive
Embedded & Robotics​
Power
100W (Module power)​
60W (MAXN mode, module power)**​
Input Voltage Range
9V to 16V (Static), 7V to 32V (Transient)​
7V to 20V (High), 5V (Mid)​
DL Inference TOPS (INT8)
254 TOPS
275 TOPS***​
Operating Temperature​
0 to 45C​
0 to 35C​
Safety MCU
Infineon Aurix TC397
No​
Networking
1GbE RJ45​
10GbE RJ45​
100 T1, 1000 T1, 10 GbE T1
​ CAN, LIN, Flexray, USS
1GbE RJ45​
10GbE RJ45​
M.2 Key E (WLAN / BT, PCIe, USB 2.0, UART, I2S & I2C)
Storage (default stuffing)
1x UFS (256 GB)​
64GB eMMC 5.1​
MicroSD​
M.2 Key M (NVMe)​
Video In​
16x GMSL-In ​
MIPI CSI-2​
Operating System
Operating System
DRIVE OS Linux with Safety Extensions (Ubuntu) | QNX for Safety​

​Comprehensive safety & security services: Functional safety island integration, streamlined safety framework, platform security controller integration, secure boot & PKCS #11 support for crypto acceleration features​
Linux4Tegra (Ubuntu)​

Secureboot, trusted execution environment, disk and dram encryption, crypto acceleration, hardware-based security fuses​
Bootloader
Quickboot (optimized for real-time applications)​
UEFI
Computer Vision
NvMedia (highly optimized APIs to access compute engines and sensors)​
VPI (image-processing algorithms supported on multiple compute engines like CPU, GPU, PVA, VIC)
Multimedia
NvMedia ​ (up to 16 cameras for simultaneous processing with hardware acceleration)​
MM API / V4L2 API / Gstreamer​
Imaging
NvMedia SIPL (provides proprietary ISP algorithms with optimization)​
Librargus (Multimedia, ISP access)
SDK
DriveWorks: Sensor abstraction, image/point cloud processing, vehicle I/O, compute graph framework, DNN framework, recorder, calibration, egomotion​

​ NvMedia, NvStreams, CUDA, cuDNN, TensorRT​, Triton inference server, NVIDIA container runtime

​ Tools: Nsight Systems (performance analysis), Nsight Graphics (debug, profiler and export with Direct3D), Nsight Eclipse Edition (IDE), Nsight Compute (interactive kernel profiler for CUDA applications)​
Compute/Inferencing: CUDA, cuDNN, TensorRT​ Inference serving: Triton inference server​ Cloud native: NVIDIA container runtime​

​ Tools: Nsight Systems (performance analysis), Nsight Graphics (debug, profiler, and export with Direct3D), Nsight Eclipse Edition (IDE), Nsight Compute (interactive kernel profiler for CUDA applications)​
Production
Automotive Grade
Yes
No
ASIL Target*
ASIL-D (QNX)
-
AEC-Q100 qual
Yes
No
NVIDIA Design Support
Available
-

* Intended for production platform only

** Need to choose required compute engines to run application and stay within power budget

*** Bumped performance up on Orin SoC (not auto grade) GPU & DLA

DRIVE AGX Orin
DRIVE AGX Xavier
SoC​
Orin (x1)
Xavier (x2)​
DL Inference TOPS (INT8)​
254 TOPS
60 TOPS
Memory Bandwidth​
Per Orin – 205GB/
Per Xavier – 136GB/s​
System RAM​
32GB LPDDR5 (3200MHz)​
32GB LPDDR4 (2133MHz)​
Networking
100MbE (x6)​
1GbE (x10)​
10GbE (x2)​
100MbE (x5)​
1GbE (x7)​
10GbE (x2)
Automotive Audio Bus (A2B)​
1
No
Wireless Connection​
Wi-Fi/Bluetooth​
No
Operating System​
DRIVE OS 6 Linux | QNX
DRIVE OS 5 Linux | QNX​
Middleware Framework
DriveWorks 5 (compute graph framework)​
DriveWorks 3 & 4​
Developer Tools​
CUDA 11.4​
TensorRT 8.x​
cuDNN 8.x​
CUDA 10.2​
TensorRT 6.4​
cuDNN 7.6​
Support
Yes
EOL

Feature
NVIDIA DRIVE AGX Orin
NVIDIA DRIVE Orin-X SoC
1
NVIDIA dGPU SXM2
N/A
System RAM
32GB LPDDR5
QSPI NOR Flash
64MB
eMMC
64GB
Security Key Storage
8MB
UFS
256GB
Camera
16x GMSL2
MCU
Aurix Safety MCU
Ethernet
10GbE
2
1GbE
10
100MbE
6
CAN
6
FlexRay to MCU
1
USB 2.0
USB3.2
2 Type-A
2 Type-C
Display Output
1 DisplayPort
GPIO
6
PCIe
PCIe x8 Gen4
eSATA
N/A
Automotive Audio Bus (A2B)
1
Debug and Development
JTAG, UART, USB

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