Nvidia has begun to expand its autonomous driving layout in China.
Officials have just released information on recruiting autonomous driving talents in China, opening 25 positions in five departments.
Judging from the job description, this recruitment mainly focuses on autonomous driving software, algorithms and product positions.
The head of Nvidia’s autonomous driving team is none other than Wu Xinzhou, the autonomous driving VP hired from Xiaopeng not long ago.
NVIDIA China is recruiting autonomous driving talents
The news comes from Nvidia’s official public account.
The job locations for this recruitment include three cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.
There are five departments open for recruitment, including autonomous driving software group, autonomous driving platform group, system integration and testing group, map and simulation group and product group.
The number of positions open to each department varies, but overall, there are 25 positions in total. You can also see the recruitment information released by Nvidia on LinkedIn. In less than a day, more than 100 people have submitted their resumes.
Wu Xinzhou, who only joined NVIDIA three months ago, also appeared for the first time in this recruitment as the leader of NVIDIA’s China autonomous driving team.
According to public information, Wu Xinzhou is currently the vice president of Nvidia’s automotive business and reports directly to Huang Renxun.
At present, he should be responsible for the autonomous driving software algorithm, research and development and implementation.
Wu Xinzhou also put forward requirements for job seekers’ abilities:
Must have a strong background in the professional field; strong self-motivation and pursuit of excellence in technology and products; identify and adapt to NVIDIA’s diversified work environment, and have good communication willingness and ability to communicate with colleagues from different backgrounds;
Nvidia’s opening of so many positions in China at one time is equivalent to a direct official announcement: Nvidia will develop autonomous driving in China.
It’s just that Nvidia, already a giant in autonomous driving chips, is increasing its efforts in China at this time?
Why is China developing autonomous driving now?
The first and most obvious reason is naturally that China’s autonomous driving has reached a milestone turning point.
The “Notice on Carrying out Pilot Work on the Access and Road Access of Intelligent Connected Vehicles” issued just a few days ago has put forward relatively clear regulations on the development environment of autonomous driving in China.
The notice allows L3 and L4 autonomous driving vehicles to be legally put on the road in pilot sections. At the same time, car companies can also legally produce models equipped with L3 and L4 autonomous driving systems.
In addition, the notice also clarifies autonomous driving testing, division of accident responsibilities, “white list” entry and exit methods, etc.
In other words, from now on, the development of high-level autonomous driving in China will not only have policy support, but also have legal basis for many aspects of its implementation and operation.
Whether it is operating pilots or selling autonomous driving related products, there are no obstacles.
This will undoubtedly give China’s autonomous driving industry a shot in the arm and attract more companies to join the industry.
Tesla has already confirmed that it will promote the implementation of FSD in China. Now, Nvidia, which has accumulated technology in autonomous driving, has also decided to seize this opportunity.
Secondly, from the perspective of future development, there is no doubt that China is currently the largest new energy vehicle market and the largest smart vehicle market.
According to statistics from Gaogong Intelligent Automobile, from January to May this year, sales of models equipped with NOA (high-level intelligent driving) reached 149,400 units, a year-on-year increase of 92.77%, and the market penetration rate has reached 2.03%.
Judging from individual models, Xpeng G9 was launched not long ago. Officials said that more than 80% of high-end smart driving models are purchased. For every five units sold, 4 units are equipped with Xpeng City NGP as standard.
The above data all show that Chinese consumers not only have demand for intelligent driving, but the demand is gradually increasing.
At the same time, most of Nvidia’s customers are in China, but the market share originally won by high-computing power chips has begun to decrease.
According to data from Sullivan and Gaogong Intelligent Vehicles, Nvidia’s market share of high-computing autonomous driving chips in China has dropped from 81.6% in 2022 to 52.57% in the first half of this year.
The domestic market is going crazy, and self-driving chip players are scrambling to come up with solutions that are more cost-effective and can achieve large functions with small computing power, and they have been welcomed by car companies.
NVIDIA, which dominates the market with its high-end, high-computing chips, is also feeling the pressure of competition.
In addition, China happens to have no shortage of autonomous driving talents.
According to data from LinkedIn and Amoeba IoT, China’s smart car talents will be close to 30,000 in 2021, and more than 64% of them have 5 to 15 years of work experience.
Taking into account factors such as the right time, location, and people, Nvidia has strongly increased its focus on autonomous driving.
I just don’t know what kind of autonomous driving solutions NVIDIA will provide in the future under the leadership of Wu Xinzhou?