Volvo Cars and NVIDIA deepen ties
Volvo Cars and artificial intelligence (AI) computing firm NVIDIA announced that they are jointly developing a highly advanced, AI-capable core computer for the next generation of Volvo cars. The core computer is based on NVIDIA’s DRIVE AGX Xavier technology and is designed to allow Volvo Cars to implement an advanced computing platform for its new cars on the forthcoming Scalable Product Architecture 2 (SPA 2) vehicle platform. The first car with the new core computer will appear early next decade.
The agreement continues the existing collaboration and partnership between Volvo Cars and NVIDIA. Last year, the companies started joint development of advanced systems and software for self-driving cars.
The new computing platform will use NVIDIA’s advances in AI as well as its advanced computing power, allowing Volvo Cars to advance in implementing advanced driver support systems, energy management technology, and in-car personalization options.
Adding advanced 360° perception capabilities and a driver monitoring system, the core computer is designed to help Volvo Cars safely introduce fully autonomous cars.
“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.”
“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,” said Jensen Huang, Founder and CEO of NVIDIA.
The forthcoming SPA 2 vehicle architecture is the next generation of Volvo Cars’ SPA modular vehicle architecture, which forms the basis of new 90 Series and 60 Series cars launched in recent years. SPA 2 takes the existing advantages of the modular SPA architecture and adds next-generation technologies in areas such as electrification, connectivity, and autonomous drive. The powerful core computer plays a key role in this process and provides a much easier route toward regular over-the-air software updates.