NVIDIA to Power Volvo’s Self-Driving Cars

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Graphics Powerhouse NVIDIA joins forces with Volvo to power the future of self-driving cars.

Deep learning, artificial intelligence, self-driving cars. These are without a doubt the hottest buzzwords right now. Volvo and NVIDIA aim to turn these into future cars for consumers, ready for release in 2021. They’ve started a joint software venture together with Swedish-American company Autoliv called Zenuity, ready to develop next-generation self-driving cars based on the NVIDIA DRIVE PX2 car computing platform.

Volvo and NVIDIA previously had a self-driving car project based on the first version of the DRIVE PX system. This time, the multi-array computing processor unit will have a 360-degree, real-time awareness using cameras, LiDAR, radar and ultrasonic sensors to safely drive the car on the open roads. Not only Volvo cars will benefit by the self-driving software development by Zenuity. Other industry players will be able to buy the product via Autoliv, furthering improvements in automotive safety throughout the industry.

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Volvo, the inventor of the 3-point seat belt and with a 90-year history of car safety has recently been upping its game both as a premium brand, but also as a leader in automotive technologies such as self-braking safety systems and automation. They recently announced they will be taking on Tesla Motors as well, vowing to release their first fully electric cars by 2019. By collaborating with NVIDIA, the industry leader in GPU technology, Volvo aims to tap into the massive potential that is artificial intelligence.

“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.”

We are not far away from a world of self-driving cars where AI will be a much better driver in every situation. Other benefits from AI will be the ability for cars to start and stop in tandem, minimizing the chance of traffic jams, while increasing the number of cars able to traverse a road simultaneously. This will have huge impacts on the infrastructures of the world, at the same time saving as many as 1.3 million lives a year from traffic accidents. Not to mention the multitude of debilitating injuries resulting in loss of productivity and quality of life for millions more around the globe.

Let’s hope Volvo and NVIDIA bring us one step closer to the future, and soon! Leave a comment if you think self-driving cars will drive better than you, or tell us why not!