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Volvo Cars, Autoliv partner with Nvidia to develop advanced systems for self-driving cars

Published 28 June 2017

Volvo Cars and Autoliv have partnered with Nvidia for the development of advanced systems and software for self-driving cars.

The three companies will work together with to develop next generation self-driving car technologies.

Zenuity is a newly-formed automotive software development joint venture, which is equally owned by Volvo Cars and Autoliv

Volvo Cars is planning to have Level 4 autonomous cars for sale by 2021.

Nvidia claims to have developed a new autonomous driving techonology, dubbed Nvidia Drive PX, which is a powerful AI car computing platform that can use just about 30W of power, while offering Level 4 autonomous capability, through which a car can drive itself.

Nvidia plans to develop next-generation self-driving car technology to be built on its Drive PX platform.

Nvidia founder and CEO Huang said “Artificial intelligence is the essential tool for solving the incredibly demanding challenge of autonomous driving,”. “We are building on our earlier collaboration with Volvo to create production vehicles that will make driving safer, lead to greener cities and reduce congestion on our roads.”

Volvo president and CEO Hakan Samuelsson said: “Our cooperation with Nvidia places Volvo Cars, Autoliv and Zenuity at the forefront of the fast-moving market to develop next-generation autonomous driving capabilities and will speed up the development of Volvo’s own commercially available autonomous drive cars.”

Nvidia has also partnered with German automaker Volkswagen to apply AI across its data centres to address a range of enterprise applications and connected services.

Volkswagen Group chief information officer Martin Hofmann said “Artificial intelligence is the key to the digital future of the Volkswagen Group.

“We want to develop and deploy high-performance AI systems ourselves. This is why we are expanding our expert knowledge required. Cooperation with Nvidia will be a major step in this direction.”


Image: Volvo XC90 Drive Me test vehicle. Photo: Courtesy of Volvo Car Corporation.