Xpeng's former autonomous driving head joins Nvidia

Former Xpeng head of autonomous driving joins Nvidia

Wu Xinhou, the former vice president of autonomous driving of the Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer Xpeng, is joining the Nvidia (NVDA.O) division of the Nvidia Corporation, he announced on Thursday.

Wu did not specify the position he would be filling at Nvidia, but Jiemian News, a Chinese news outlet, reported that he would be the company’s head of automotive products. It did not cite the news’s source.

Wu did not react right away when Reuters asked for more information. In addition, Nvidia delayed responding to a request for comment.

Wu, who left Xpeng last month, posted a picture of himself with Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang and Xpeng Chairman He Xiaopeng on his Weibo account, announcing that he had joined the company.

From 2018, Wu had been in charge of Xpeng’s development of autonomous driving, which involved more than a thousand engineers in China and the US.

Nvidia’s chips have been heavily purchased by Chinese automakers like Xpeng as they outfit their vehicles with sophisticated technologies. With its quarterly revenue projection released on Wednesday, Nvidia greatly outperformed forecasts and reported a jump in demand from China.

In order to gain an advantage against American rival Tesla, Xpeng, one of China’s top 20 EV manufacturers, has been updating its advanced driver assistance software. It has stated that it wants to make all of its functionalities available to drivers throughout China by 2024.

This month, the chairman of Xpeng In a social media post announcing Wu’s resignation from the company, he expressed excitement for furthering his collaboration with Wu in other fields, including chips.


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