Self driving car development partnership

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Volvo Cars and Autoliv will work with NVIDIA to develop advanced systems and software for AI self-driving cars. The partners will also work with Zenuity – a newly formed automotive software development joint venture between Volvo and Autoliv – to develop next-generation self-driving car technologies.

“Artificial intelligence is the essential tool for solving the incredibly demanding challenge of autonomous driving,” said NVIDIA’s CEO Jensen Huang. “We are building on our earlier collaboration with Volvo to create production vehicles that will make driving safer, lead to greener cities and reduce congestion on our roads.”

Volvo Cars, Autoliv and Zenuity will use NVIDIA’s AI car computing platform as the foundation for their own advanced software development.

Jan Carlson, chief executive of Autoliv, said: “With NVIDIA, we now have full access to the leading AI computing platform for autonomous driving. Autoliv, Volvo Cars and NVIDIA share the same vision for safe, autonomous driving. This cooperation will further advance our leading ADAS and autonomous driving offerings to the market.”

Volvo, Autoliv, Zenuity and NVIDIA will work together to create systems that can use deep learning to recognise objects in their environment, anticipate potential threats and navigate safely.

The NVIDIA DRIVE PX system enables 360° real-time situational awareness and uses a known high-definition map to plan a safe route and drive along it precisely, adjusting to changing circumstances. The system also performs other critical functions, such as stitching camera inputs to create a complete surround-view of the car’s environment.

Zenuity will provide Volvo with self-driving software. Autoliv will also sell this software to third-party OEMs using its established and broad sales, marketing and distribution network.

Production vehicles featuring NVIDIA DRIVE PX are planned for sale by 2021.