Swedish automaker Volvo has tapped American GPU manufacturer Nvidia for its ‘Drive Me’ autonomous vehicles initiative. Volvo announced plans to have their own autonomous vehicles on the road by 2021 with the help of Swedish-American firm Autoliv, who builds automotive safety systems, and Nvidia to supply the computing power, or brains of the operation.
Volvo will be utilizing Nvidia’s PX Autonomous super-computer chipset announced at CES 2016. The PX2 is capable of processing requests and streams from 12 video streams at once, and is able to utilize lidar, radar, and ultrasonic sensors that are vital for optimal performance, and safety of not just passengers, but pedestrians and other motorists.
“Our 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,” says Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson.
Volvo has already started a program called ‘Drive Me’ which is currently in beta stages and only available to a group of testers in Volvo’s native Göteborg, Sweden. Utilizing existing XC90 T8-Twin Engine models fitted with the autonomous technology, it allows Volvo to gather data to better improve the system and iron out the issues early on rather than a mass release.
I am still skeptical about the idea of autonomy, but it’s nice to see where technology is going, and hopefully this doesn’t sacrifice Volvo’s recent design changes, or history of building the safest cars in the world. Swede’s are truly amazing.
Read about Drive Me on the Volvo website, here.
Read the Nvidia press release, here.