Volvo Cars, NVIDIA join forces for AI solution

12 October, 2018, 16:28 | Author: Sammy Rose
  • Håkan Samuelsson president and chief executive of Volvo Cars

Volvo and NVIDIA have joined forces to create an advanced artificial intelligence computer to be used in the next generation of the Swedish manufacturer's vehicles.

Nvidia executives said the auto industry is aware that current automated systems aren't reliable enough for more advanced autonomy and that more powerful computers are required.

Volvo in 2015 provided a vision of what autonomous cars could deliver with the Concept 26 (shown).

Slated as a "Level 2+" system, instead of simply a Level 2 automated vehicle, both Nvidia and Volvo are hoping to show the robustness of the platform.

Adding advanced 360-degree perception capabilities and a driver monitoring system, the core computer will help Volvo Cars safely introduce fully autonomous cars.

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Volvo, which is owned by Chinese automaker Geely, is an existing customer of Nvidia with plans by 2021 to sell production vehicles built on Nvidia's full self-driving platform, part of a wave of automakers using Nvidia's chips and computing systems in their upcoming autonomous vehicles. "Making this possible will require sensor architecture, AI [artificial intelligence] software, computing and safety technology like nothing the world has ever made", Huang said during his keynote speech.

"As a world leader in safety technology and innovation, Volvo understands there is a direct connection between safety, comfort and the computing capability inside the vehicle". Earlier NVIDIA said that its software is capable of tracking movement of the head and eyes of the driver.

Wednesday's announcement is the latest step in the expanding relationship between Nvidia, Volvo and some of the automaker's other key partners.

Separately, Swedish supplier Veoneer and Germany's Continental also announced deeper ties with Nvidia.

Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, statements as to: the benefits and impact of DRIVE AGX Xavier and NVIDIA's collaboration with Volvo; and the impact and requirements of autopilot and a successful launch of autonomous drive are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations.

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