Volvo and Nvidia collaborate on AI-capable core computer development

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Volvo Cars and Nvidia are joining forces to develop a highly advanced, AI-capable core computer for the next generation of Volvo cars.

The core computer is based on Nvidia’s Drive AGX Xavier technology and will enable Volvo Cars to implement an advanced computing platform for its new cars on the forthcoming Scalable Product Architecture 2 (SPA 2) vehicle platform. The first car with the new core computer will appear early next decade.

The agreement will deepen the existing collaboration and partnership between Volvo Cars and Nvidia. Last year, the two companies started joint development of advanced systems and software for self-driving cars.

Volvo plans to use the technology to implement advanced driver support systems, energy management technology and in-car personalization options. Adding 360° perception capabilities and a driver monitoring system, the core computer will also help Volvo Cars to safely introduce fully autonomous cars.

“The successful launch of autonomous driving will require an enormous amount of computing power as well as constant advances in artificial intelligence,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars (pictured). “Our agreement with Nvidia is an important piece of that puzzle and will help us to safely introduce fully autonomous cars.”

“As a world-leader in safety technology and innovation, Volvo understands there is a direct connection between safety, comfort, and the computing capability inside the vehicle,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of Nvidia.

The forthcoming SPA 2 vehicle architecture is the next generation of Volvo Cars’ award-winning SPA modular vehicle architecture, which forms the basis of all new 90 Series and 60 Series cars launched in recent years. They have been instrumental in the operational and financial turnaround of Volvo Cars since 2010.

SPA 2 takes the existing advantages of the modular SPA architecture and adds next-generation technologies in areas such as electrification, connectivity and autonomous drive. The powerful core computer plays a key role in this process and provides a much easier route toward regular over-the-air software updates.

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