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Partnership formed to advance autonomy software

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Car manufacturer Volvo is partnering with automotive safety specialist Autoliv and artificial intelligence and visual computing company NVIDIA to develop advanced systems and software for self driving cars, it has been announced.

The three companies will work together with Zenuity, a newly formed software development joint venture owned by Volvo Cars and Autoliv, to bring forward these technologies.

This is expected to support Volvo’s commitment to having Level 4 autonomous cars on sale by 2021. As part of the collaboration NVIDIA’s AI car computing platform will be used as the foundation for the development of new advanced software.

“This cooperation with NVIDIA places Volvo Cars, Autoliv and Zenuity at the forefront of the fast moving market to develop next generation autonomous driving capabilities, and will speed up the development of Volvo’s own commercially available autonomous drive cars,” said Volvo Cars president and chief executive Hakan Samuelsson.

NVIDIA chief executive Jensen Huang added: “Artificial intelligence is the essential tool for solving the incredibly demanding challenge of autonomous driving,” which he says will make vehicles safer, lead to greener cities and reduce congestion the roads.

Systems developed by the partners will be able to utilise deep learning – a form of artificial intelligence – to recognise objects in their environment, anticipate potential threats and navigate safely.

These systems can compare real time situational awareness with a known high definition map, enabling them to plan a safe route and drive precisely along it while adjusting to dynamically changing circumstances. They also perform critical functions such as stitching camera inputs to create a complete surround view of the car.