Volvo teams up with Nvidia for self-driving cars
1 July, 2017
Volvo and car safety supplier Autoliv signed last week a deal with Nvidia Corp, best known for its graphics technology in computer games, to develop software systems for self-driving cars, news wires reported. The Volvo-Autoliv joint venture will work with the US firm to develop systems that use artificial intelligence to recognise objects around vehicles, anticipate threats and navigate safely.
The venture, called Zenuity, will provide Volvo with self-driving software which Autoliv will also be able to sell to other carmakers. Volvo aims to have almost fully autonomous cars for sale by 2021. Volvo has been using Nvidia's artificial intelligence systems in a pilot project of semi-autonomous vehicles in Gothenburg, southern Sweden since the start of the year.
Nvidia, which also has partnerships with Toyota, Audi and Mercedes, is among the most popular technology partners in the self-driving car race, but there are also other players in the field. BMW has joined forces with US chipmaker Intel and Israeli mapping expert Mobileye to develop a self-driving platform, targeted for production in 2021. Delphi Automotive and Continental has later on joined the tie-up.