Volvo and nVidia team up on AI

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Words: Nile Bijoux
11 Oct 2018

Volvo and chipmaker nVidia are joining forces to develop a new AI-capable computer core for the next wave of Volvo cars.

The core will be based on nVidia’s ‘Drive AGX Xavier’ technology and will allow Volvo to implement an advanced computing platform for its new cars on the forthcoming Scalable Product Architecture 2 (SPA 2) foundation. The first car with the new core computer will appear early next decade.

“A successful launch of autonomous drive will require an enormous amount of computing power as well as constant advances in artificial intelligence,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. “Our agreement with nVidia is an important piece of that puzzle and helps us to safely introduce fully autonomous Volvo cars to our customers.”

NVidia’s AI advances will help Volvo by adding advanced 360-degree perception capabilities and a driver monitoring system, as well as implementing advanced driver support systems, energy management technology and in-car personalisation options.

“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,” added Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of nVidia.

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