San Diego-based autonomous driving systems developer TuSimple–which is developing technology to enable autonomous trucks–said this week that it has selected NVIDIA’s DRIVE Orin systems-on-a-chip (SoC) for its Level 4 autonomous trucking efforts. NVIDIA is best known for its GPUs. According to TuSimple, NVIDIA’ Drive Orin SoC delivers 254 TOPS (trillion operations per second) of performance and is the central computer for intelligent vehicles-powering safe autonomous driving capabilities. TuSimple said it will own usage rights to the ADC reference design, including certain limited “first-use” provisions. GPUs–originally developed for graphics processing and scientific applications–are now also widely being used for artificial intelligence and machine learning, and in particular machine vision applications, which are a key part of autonomous driving efforts.