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Volvo Partners With NVIDIA on Self-Driving Car Tech

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/27/2017 Motor Trend Staff
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Volvo has teamed up with artificial intelligence and computing company NVIDIA as it prepares to bring highly automated cars to market by 2021. The collaboration also includes Autoliv, a manufacturer of automotive safety systems.

The partnership will leverage NVIDIA's computing platform for autonomous driving. This technology will help Volvo and Autoliv develop advanced software for self-driving cars under a joint venture called Zenuity. Eventually, the software may be sold to third-party manufacturers.

"This cooperation with NVIDIA places Volvo Cars, Autoliv and Zenuity at the forefront of the fast-moving market to develop next-generation autonomous driving capabilities, and will speed up the development of Volvo's own commercially available autonomous drive cars," said Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson in a statement.

Volvo is aiming to offer Level 4 self-driving cars by the beginning of next decade. Based on the SAE definition, Level 4 cars can drive themselves without human intervention in most situations.

Of course, this isn't Volvo's first foray into self-driving vehicles. This year, the automaker is testing a fleet of self-driving cars on the roads around Gothenburg, Sweden. The project is set to expand to other cities including London by2018. Meanwhile, Volvo is now testing a driverless mining truck and a driverless garbage truck.

Source: Volvo


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