Nvidia has announced that Volvo Cars and Autoliv are teaming up with the company to develop advanced systems and software for self-driving cars enabled with Artificial Intelligence (AI). The three companies will work together along with Zenuity, a newly formed automotive software development joint venture equally owned by Volvo Cars and Autoliv, to develop next-generation autonomous vehicle technologies. Production vehicles built on the NVIDIA DRIVE PX car computing platform are planned for sale by 2021, the company said.
Volvo Cars, Autoliv and Zenuity will use NVIDIA’s AI car computing platform as the foundation for their own advanced software development. All the stakeholders will work together to create systems that can utilise deep learning, which is a form of AI, to recognise objects in their environment, anticipate potential threats and navigate safely. Zenuity will provide Volvo with self-driving software, while Autoliv will also sell this software to third-party OEMs using its sales, marketing and distribution network.
The NVIDIA DRIVE PX system is said to enable full 360°, real-time situational awareness and uses a known HD map to plan a safe route and drive precisely along it. The system also ensures that the self-driving adjusts to changing circumstances, along with performing other critical functions, like stitching camera inputs to create a complete surround-view of the car’s environment.
Jensen Huang, Founder and CEO, Nvidia, said AI is the essential tool for solving the incredibly demanding challenge of autonomous driving. Nvidia is building on its earlier collaboration with Volvo to create production vehicles that will make driving safer, lead to greener cities and reduce congestion on roads, he added.
The company’s cooperation with Nvidia places Volvo Cars, Autoliv and Zenuity at the forefront of the fast-moving market to develop next-generation autonomous driving capabilities, noted Hakan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive, Volvo Cars. He said that it will also speed up the development of Volvo’s own commercially-available autonomous drive cars.
Jan Carlson, Chief Executive, Autoliv, said that with Nvidia, the company now has full access to the leading AI computing platform for autonomous driving. Autoliv, Volvo Cars and NVIDIA share the same vision for safe, autonomous driving and this cooperation will further advance the company’s leading ADAS and autonomous driving offerings to the market, he added.