Volvo Cars and NVIDIA to develop AI-capable core computer for next-generation Volvo cars; looking toward autonomy
Volvo Cars and NVIDIA are partnering on the development of 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 allow 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 companies started joint development of advanced systems and software for self-driving cars.
The new computing platform will use NVIDIA’s advances in AI and computing power to allow Volvo Cars to take considerable steps forward in implementing advanced driver support systems, energy management technology and in-car personalization options.
Adding advanced 360-degree perception capabilities and a driver monitoring system, the core computer will help Volvo Cars safely introduce fully autonomous cars.
A successful launch of autonomous drive will require an enormous amount of computing power as well as constant advances in artificial intelligence. Our agreement with NVIDIA is an important piece of that puzzle and helps us to safely introduce fully autonomous Volvo cars to our customers.—Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars
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 towards regular over-the-air software updates.