NVIDIA DRIVE Hyperion Autonomous Vehicle Reference Architecture

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

DRIVE Hyperion Reference Architecture 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.


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 to order your DRIVE AGX Orin DevKit and Accessories for bench or in vehicle development:
  • Contact Arrow (NVIDIA DRIVE Worldwide Distributor) at nvidia.drive@arrow.com
  • Alternately, contact your NVIDIA representative (or contact us)
  • NOTE: DRIVE Hyperion DevKits are only available direct from NVIDIA
Component Description Details
One Orin SoC Deep Learning Accelerators (DLA) 87 TOPS (INT8)
NVIDIA Ampere architecture-class integrated GPU 167 TOPS (INT8) | 5.2 TOPS (FP32)
Image Signal Processor (ISP) 1.85Gigapixels/s
DRIVE AGX System I/O Camera 90Gb/s over 16x GMSL(R) ports
LIDAR/Radar ~30Gb/s over Ethernet
Vehicle IO 6 CAN interfaces

Component Description Details
One Orin SoC 12 Cortex-A78A CPU
Deep Learning Accelerators (DLA) 87 TOPS (INT8)
NVIDIA Ampere architecture-class integrated GPU 167 TOPS (INT8) | 5.2 TOPS (FP32)
Programmable Vision Accelerators (PVA) 2048 GMACS (INT8) | 512 GMACS (INT16)
Image Signal Processor (ISP) 1.85Gigapixels/s
Video encoder Up to 1.0GPix/s (H.265)
Video decoder Up to 1.9GPix/s
Memory bandwidth (256-Bit LPDDR5) ~200GB/s
DRIVE AGX System I/O Camera 90Gb/s over 16x GMSL(R) ports
LIDAR/Radar ~30Gb/s over Ethernet
Vehicle IO 6 CAN interfaces
Included Accessories Network Interface Adapter Converts 1GbE Rugged Auto HMT-D IO to Standard Ethernet RJ45 IO
Other cables Connects 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)


  • 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™


The DRIVE Hyperion Level 2+/Level 3 Reference Architecture 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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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Hyperion 8.1 Reference Architecture Sensor Specifications

Sensor Qty & Type Function Details
8 exterior cameras Wide & tele vision Sony IMX728, 8.3MPx
4 exterior cameras Fisheye near vision Sony IMX623, 3.0MPx
6 radars Corner & side sensing Hella Short Range Radar
3 radars Front & rear sensing Continental 1x Imaging and 2x Long Range Radars
1 lidar Front redundant sensing Luminar
3 interior cameras Driver monitoring system 1x OmniVision - OX05B1B, 5Mpx
Occupant monitoring system 2x OmniVision - OX05B1S, 5Mpx
2 IMUs Vehicle odometry detection 1x Continental SC13Sl, 1x Bosch MMP
1 GPS Vehicle position detection u-blox
1 development lidar Ground-truth data collection Hesai
1 development GNSS Ground-truth data collection Novatel
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DRIVE Hyperion sensors coverage illustration



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