New, the Volvo Nvidia -- delivery in 2021

June 27, 2017 | 00:00
New, the Volvo Nvidia -- delivery in 2021. Image: Volvo
New, the Volvo Nvidia -- delivery in 2021. Image: Volvo
Volvo (“made by Sweden”) is forming a new joint partnership with Autoliv, called Zenuity, with a focus on developing self-driving automotive software. The plan is to eventually get to the point where they can field self-driving cars for sale, based on Nvidia’s Drive PX in-car AI computing platform, by the not-so-distant target year of 2021.

Nvidia’s Drive PX is already being used to power self-driving vehicles in road testing today, including Nvidia’s own demo vehicles. Volvo and Autoliv’s Zenuity will use Nvidia’s AI car compute groundwork as the basis for their own software development, with the hopes of speeding up the development progress of Volvo’s commercially-targeted autonomous vehicles.

Zenuity, as a new entity, will provide the resulting self-driving software from the partnership to Volvo directly, while Autoliv will also sell the same software to third-party OEMs using its existing supply channels and relationships. It’s great news for Nvidia, too, since that means their PX platform will be a key ingredient for OEMs looking to implement the system in their own vehicles.

Volvo and Nvidia had previously partnered for Volvo’s “Drive Me” autonomous car pilot program, but this is the first time the two have announced a partnership aimed at commercial sales of vehicles.
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