Volvo and Nvidia to partner on AI auto computer

Joanna Estrada
October 12, 2018

Graphics chipmaker Nvidia Corp said on Wednesday that Swedish automaker Volvo would begin using its artificial intelligence computer to deliver low-level autonomous features in all its next-generation 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.

As a reminder, level 4 cars can drive themselves but they still have pedals and a steering wheel so the driver can take control when needed.

DRIVE AGX Xavier is a highly integrated AI vehicle computer that enables Volvo to streamline development of self-driving capabilities while reducing total cost of development and support.

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

According to the reports, the core computer will be based on the Drive AGX Xavier tech from Nvidia which will be paired with the new Scalable Product Architecture 2.

"Autopilot done right will bring a jump in safety and driving comfort". "Making this possible will require sensor architecture, AI software, computing and safety technology like nothing the world has ever made".

Samuelsson added that Volvo's agreement with Nvidia "is an important piece of that puzzle and helps us to safely introduce fully autonomous Volvo cars to our customers".

"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", says Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. The system, which is called Zeus, will use a driving software stack from Zenuity, a joint venture between Volvo and Veoneer.

Production of the Drive AGX-powered Volvo models is expected to begin in the early 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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