Volvo and NVIDIA team up to create advanced vehicle AI

Donna Miller
October 12, 2018

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. Volvo would use Nvidia's high-powered Drive AGX Xavier technology for their next generation vehicle that will make it capable for Level 4 autonomous driving. For those who are not familiar with Level 4 autonomous technology, at this level the auto can drive on its own but still driver can control it when needed through steering wheels and pedals. Volvo will insert it in their cars by next decade.

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. Today, Volvo already offers level 2 capability, implying the vehicle is equipped with semi-autonomous driver assistance systems that can steer and brake the auto as long as the driver remains in full control.

The NVIDIA-based computing platform will enable Volvo to implement new connectivity services, energy management technology, in-car personalization options, and autonomous drive technology. Automotive industry will shell out from $20 billion to $30 billion for autonomous driving technology between 2017 and 2022.

"Autopilot done right will bring a jump in safety and driving comfort. 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.

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Volvo Cars and NVIDIA, the US-based chipmaker, are deepening their ties to prepare future vehicle models capable of up to level 4 autonomous driving, both companies announced earlier today.

"A successful launch of the autonomous drive will require an enormous amount of computing power as well as constant advances in artificial intelligence", said Hakan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. The system, which is called Zeus, will use a driving software stack from Zenuity, a joint venture between Volvo and Veoneer.

Because Nvidia's Drive platforms are scalable, it's also an opportunity for Volvo to test the hardware before they then really start to push what it's capable of as part of its Level 4 autonomous driving push set for later in the 2020s.

"There is no single player who can do all aspects of this all by themselves", Green said, "therefore it is the collaborators that will win this race".

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