Autoliv, Volvo join forces for automated driving

September 06, 2016 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Swedish automotive safety systems manufacturer Autoliv, Inc. and likewise Swedish carmaker Volvo have announced the launch of a joint venture to develop software for automated driving. The move marks the first time that an automotive OEM has joined forces with a tier one supplier to develop such technologies.

The new company that has to be named yet will have its headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, and an initial workforce taken from both companies of around 200, increasing to over 600 in the medium term. The company is expected to start operations in early 2017. 

Once finalized, the joint venture will be a new entrant in the growing global market for autonomous driving software systems.


The joint venture will develop ADAS and Autonomous Driving (AD) systems for use in Volvo Cars and for sale exclusively by Autoliv to other car makers globally, with revenues shared by both companies.

The company will bring together two global leaders in automotive safety, underlining the contribution ADAS and AD can make to road safety and accelerating the development and introduction of fully autonomous cars.


Volvo is pursuing a medium term goal that no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by 2020 (“Vision Zero”).

Both partners will provide intellectual property for their ADAS systems to the joint venture. The new company is expected to have its first ADAS products available for sale by 2019 with AD technologies available by 2021. 


Autoliv will be the exclusive supplier and distribution channel for all the new company’s products towards third parties, except Volvo Cars which will source directly from the new company. Its management will be comprised of representatives from Autoliv and Volvo Cars.

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