Karma Automotive debuts all-new Level 4 autonomous van E-Flex Platform
Karma Automotive announced the arrival of its SAE Level 4 autonomous van with a battery electric vehicle (BEV) architecture, one of five platforms designed to offer new electric mobility solutions through highly versatile EREV (extended range electric vehicle) and BEV chassis systems.
The new L4 E-Flex van is powered by the Nvidia Drive AGX Pegasus autonomous vehicle computing platform, which achieves what the company says is an unprecedented 320 trillion operations per second of deep learning. It’s built on a scalable architecture, with two of the company’s Xavier processors and two Tensor Core GPUs. The energy-efficient, high-performance AI computer runs an array of deep neural networks simultaneously for safe, highly automated, and fully autonomous driving, reports the company. The L4 van’s software platform and sensors suite are supported by WeRide, which covers full 360° FoV (Field of View) and provides precise, real-time localizations powered by multiple sensors including LiDAR, radar, camera, GNSS, and INS.
“The Nvidia Drive AGX Pegasus platform delivers the scalable computational horsepower and AI capabilities essential for the safe deployment of Level 4 self-driving systems, being brought to market by Karma and WeRide,” said Rishi Dhall, Vice President of Autonomous Vehicles at Nvidia.
The van is the latest in a series of platform development projects featuring the Karma E-Flex Platform. The company recently debuted its first product in the series, an EREV E-Flex Platform based on its award-winning 2020 Revero GT. Additional demonstration platforms to be revealed in coming months include autonomously driven vehicles and high-performance supercar platforms.
The E-Flex Platform can be configured up to 22 different ways, including installation of SAE L4 technology on both BEV and EREV platforms. It can incorporate additional components including:
- Scalable output onboard charger (for fast battery charging)
- Bi-directional charger
- Engine-agnostic extended range
- 1-4 motor flexibility REV
- Dual-motor and quad-motor powertrain (affects cargo hauling abilities)
- Flat battery pack + BMS
- I-shaped battery pack/BMS/control unit, etc.
- Karma Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) inverter
- Karma Silicon Carbide (SiC) inverter
- Advanced EE system
- 5-Star NCAP ready
In cities where internal combustion engines are banned, the L4 Van will offer a sustainable solution for last-mile transportation by using autonomy to pilot the vehicle as it completes tasks on electric power. The autonomous cargo van’s technology can also be scaled to deliver critical supplies to underserved areas or act as a first responder vehicle for future disaster relief or public health crises.
For more information, visit www.karmaautomotive.com.