Volvo Group and NVIDIA have signed an agreement to co-develop artificial intelligence system of autonomous commercial vehicles and machines. The solution will be built on NVIDIA’s full software stack for sensor processing, perception, map localisation and path planning, enabling a wide range of possible autonomous driving applications, such as freight transport, refuse and recycling collection, public transport, construction, mining, forestry and more. Volvo Group is aiming to further increase the speed of development and strengthen its long-term capabilities and assets within automation, to the benefit of customers in different segments and markets.
Utilising NVIDIA’s end-to-end artificial intelligence platform for training, simulation and in-vehicle computing, the resulting system is designed to safely handle fully autonomous driving on public roads and highways. The strategic partnership covers end-to-end computing fundamental to autonomous vehicles. It includes accelerated computing technology in the datacenter for training deep neural networks; large-scale simulation for hardware-in-the-loop testing and validation of autonomous vehicle systems; and finally deployment of the NVIDIA DRIVE platform in the vehicle running the full software stack for 360-degree sensor processing, mapping and path planning.
Martin Lundstedt, President and CEO of the Volvo Group, said the company will gradually introduce automated applications in the entire spectrum of automation, from driver support systems to fully autonomous vehicles and machines.
Jensen Huang, NVIDIA founder and CEO, said latest breakthroughs in AI and robotics bring a new level of intelligence and automation to address the transportation challenges and the partnership will reinvent the future of trucking.