Volvo & NVIDIA will develop AI platform for autonomous trucks

The Volvo Group signed an agreement with NVIDIA on the joint development of a decision-making system for autonomous commercial vehicles and machinery. Using NVIDIA’s end-to-end, end-to-end training, simulation and computing platform, the resulting system is designed to safely handle fully autonomous driving on public roads and motorways.

The solution will be built on the full NVIDIA software for sensing, perception, map localization and roadmap planning, allowing a wide range of possible autonomous driving applications, such as freight transport, waste collection and recycling, public transport, construction, mining, forestry and more.

“Automation creates real benefits for both our customers and the society in terms of security, energy efficiency, and productivity. We continue to introduce automated applications to the full spectrum of automation, from support systems to drivers to fully autonomous vehicles and machines. This partnership with NVIDIA is an important step in that journey, “says Martin Lundstedt, chairman and chief executive officer of Volvo Group.

The partnership with NVIDIA will focus on the development of a flexible, scalable Autonomous Driving System that is planned to be used first in commercial pilots and later in the Volvo Group’s commercial offerings. The contract signed by Volvo Group and NVIDIA is a long-term partnership that lasts several years. Works will immediately start with staff from two companies located in Gothenburg, Sweden and Santa Clara in California.

“Transport is the world’s largest network – a network that puts virtually anywhere in the world online, virtually anywhere,” says Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. “The latest achievements in artificial intelligence and robotics bring a new level of intelligence and automation to address the challenges we face. We are thrilled to be in partnership with the Volvo Group to re-design the future of transport. “

“Automation is a key technology area for the Volvo group. With this partnership, we will further increase the speed of development and strengthen our long-term capabilities and resources in automation, in favor of our clients in different segments and markets, “says Lars Stenqvist, Chief Technology Officer of the Volvo Group.

Strategic partnership encompasses comprehensive computing based on autonomous vehicles. This includes accelerated computing technology in the data center for the training of deep neural networks; large-scale simulation testing for hardware loop and validation of autonomous vehicle systems; and finally deploying the NVIDIA DRIVE platform in a 360-degree full-featured software bundle for processing, mapping, and planning.