Swedish auto-giant Volvo will be associating with US-based chipmaker Nvidia for technological assistance by using the latter’s Drive AGX Xavier technology in its next-gen cars to make compliant to level-4 autonomous driving.
According to Nvidia, the Drive AGX Xavier chip is capable of handling 30 trillion operations per second. This tech is expected to deliver “Level 2-Plus” automated driving features to Volvo’s cars in the coming decade.
Volvo currently is already equipped Level 2 autonomous driving which calls for a limited time of self-driving, post which the driver has to take control. This tech can be seen on full size as well as compact SUVs like XC60 and XC40 in the company’s portfolio.
According to the official statement that was issued by the company, it plans on offering Level 4 autonomy on its second generation Scalable Product Architecture (SPA-2), which will first underpin the third generation XC90 due in 2021.
Leading experts estimate that the auto industry is expected to spend $20 billion to $30 billion dollars on autonomous by 2022. Apart from that, the AI enabled core computer will also help Volvo offers 360-degree surround perception along with a driver monitoring system that would help in complete autonomy.
“Your car will drive you and constantly watch out for you. Making this possible will require sensor architecture, AI [artificial intelligence] software, computing and safety technology like nothing the world has ever made,” Nvidia founder and CEO Jensen Huang said during his keynote speech. “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.”