At its headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, Volvo Group announced that it’s using the Nvidia Drive autonomous driving platform to train, test and deploy self-driving AI vehicles, targeting public transport, freight transport, refuse and recycling collection, construction, mining, forestry and more.
The two companies are co-locating engineering teams in Gothenburg and Silicon Valley. Together, they will build on the Drive AGX Pegasus platform for in-vehicle AI computing and utilize the Drive AV software stack for 360-degree sensor processing, perception, map localization and path planning. They will also test and validate these systems using the Nvidia Drive hardware-in-the-loop simulation platform.
At the announcement, top executives of both companies expressed their belief that Applying AV technology to an entire lineup of trucks operating around the world, and the potential benefits become enormous.
"Automation creates real benefits for our customers and society in terms of safety, energy efficiency and thus productivity,” said Martin Lundstedt, President and CEO of the Volvo Group. “We are gradually introducing automated applications across the entire spectrum of automation, from driver assistance systems to fully autonomous vehicles and machines. This partnership with Nvidia is an important next step on this path,".
The scalable autonomous driving system will be used first in pilot projects and later in commercial offers of the Volvo Group. By combining the Nvidia Drive solutions with the scale of the second-largest truck maker globally, Nvidia and Volvo Group can bring the efficiencies of autonomous trucking to the world’s markets sooner.
In the passenger car market, Volvo cars and Nvidia are already collaborating for a number of years.