According to latest reports, NVIDIA Corporation(NASDAQ:NVDA) revealed more partnerships in the hot self-driving car arena Tuesday, like an unusual joint venture between Swedish car maker Volvo and one of its suppliers, in its mission to become the standard technology inside all self-driving cars in the future.
NVIDIA Corporation(NASDAQ:NVDA) CEO Jensen Huang revealed in an auto conference in Germany that the company’s latest joint ventures in a keynote speech, including contribution in a new joint venture, Zenuity, created by Volvo and its supplier Autoliv that will create self-driving car software. Zenuity will use Nvidia’s core technology platform as the base for its software for self-driving cars that may be resold to other car-makers.
The company’s latest agreement with Volvo builds on its previous pact, in which its supercomputer-in-a-box technology is the center for the semiautonomous feature on the Volvo S90.
“Our work can be leveraged by other auto makers,” Danny Shapiro, senior director of automotive at Nvidia, told reporters in a briefing. “You are starting to see in the industry these types of collaborations.” Nvidia’s system is “fully programmable” and other car-makers will also have capability to write new software or add new features to the car as they change their strategy, he added.
Meanwhile Volvo AB, which is owned by Chinese firm Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, said that commercial self-driving cars made using Nvidia’s Drive PX car computing platform are set for sale in 2021.
The Santa Clara, Calif.,-based chip maker’s Drive PX system is an AI-based system that can range from a tiny, palm-sized system for cruise-control capabilities to a supercomputer that enables a full 360-degree awareness of a vehicle’s surroundings with a high-definition map, adjusting to changing circumstances, for self-driving cars.
In addition NVIDIA (NVDA)also said that it has now agreement in place with two German firms, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, an auto chassis supplier, and Hella, a supplier of camera perception software and sensor technologies, to supply more pieces of the total car.