Sweden’s AB Volvo and Nvidia announced a new partnership to develop artificial intelligence used in self-driving trucks.
The partnership will use Nvidia’s Drive artificial intelligence platform, which includes localization, processing data from sensors, perception systems, mapping and path prediction and planning.
Volvo, which demonstrated its first autonomous truck last year, said this is a long term partnership and they will begin immediately in Gothenburg, Sweden and Santa Clara, California.
“Automation is a key technology area for the Volvo Group. With this partnership we will further increase our speed of development and strengthen our long-term capabilities and assets within automation, to the benefit of our customers in different segments and markets,” says Lars Stenqvist, Volvo Group Chief Technology Officer.
Nvidia ditched by Tesla last year is dominating the AI chip market.
“Trucking is the world’s largest network – a network that through online shopping puts practically anything, anywhere in the world, quickly within our reach,” says Jensen Huang, NVIDIA founder and CEO.
“The latest breakthroughs in AI and robotics bring a new level of intelligence and automation to address the transportation challenges we face. We are thrilled to partner with Volvo Group to reinvent the future of trucking.”– he added
The partnership will produce commercial trucks which can operate on their own on public roads and highways.
“The resulting system is designed to safely handle fully autonomous driving on public roads and highways,” Volvo said in a statement.
“The latest breakthroughs in AI and robotics bring a new level of intelligence and automation to address the transportation challenges we face,” said Nvidia Chief Executive Jensen Huang.