Nvidia and Volvo Collaborate to Create The Next Generation Of Self-Driving Vehicles

We really need to partner with the best in order to succeed. You cannot do it alone anymore. Partnership is the new leadership.
— Martin Lundstedt, President and CEO of the Volvo Group

Volvo Group and Nvidia have announced the start of their partnership that brings two powerhouses from two different industries together in order to create a significant impact on the future of autonomous vehicles. The world leader in commercial vehicles will be able to take advantage of Nvidia's Drive AGX chips that are the world's first processors designed for autonomous driving. On Nvidia's website, they say that the "DRIVE AGX platforms process data from camera, lidar, radar, and ultrasonic sensors to understand the complete 360-degree environment in real-time, localize itself to a map, and plan a safe path forward" all the while being able to run artificial intelligence algorithms.

The Nvidia DRIVE AGX chips (Source: Nvidia)

The Nvidia DRIVE AGX chips (Source: Nvidia)

The work will soon begin, as Nvidia will start to incorporate their chips into the Volvo vehicles. Both companies are sharing workspaces with Volvo's HQ being located in Gothenburg, Sweden and Nvidia's HQ in Santa Clara, California. This newfound partnership will mean that Volvo can directly compete with rivals, such as Waymo and Daimler, in this up and coming technology. Volvo would also not need to develop the intelligent systems completely from scratch, as Nvidia's advances in the field of autonomous vehicles will be of a huge asset to the company. Currently, Volvo is testing out Vera, an autonomous electric transport truck, at the port of Gothenburg in a trial phase, but it is not close to being commercially ready, which is the aim of the partnership - to bring autonomous trucks and buses into commercial use.

Volvo’s Vera (Source: Volvo)

Volvo’s Vera (Source: Volvo)

The world is barely starting to understand the profound implication of automating the future of machinery
— Jensen Huang, NVIDIA founder and CEO

In a video featuring Martin Lundstedt, President and CEO of the Volvo Group, and Jensen Huang, Founder and CEO of Nvidia, they both agreed with the thought that in the future "everything that moves will have automation". This really signifies the importance of this partnership, as it will be laying the foundations to further the development of autonomous vehicles and machinery.