Volvo And Nvidia Are Making Self-driving Trucks Using Artificial Intelligence

Posted: Jun 18 2019, 8:20am CDT | by , in Technology News

Volvo and Nvidia are making self-driving trucks using artificial intelligence
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The companies will deploy autonomous trucks for the retail, public transport and construction industries, among others.

Swedish bus and trucks manufacturer Volvo Group announced a new partnership with U.S. tech giant Nvidia to co-develop scalable self-driving trucks that are powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The announcement was made at Volvo’s headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, where the two companies said they will use the Nvidia Drive end-to-end autonomous driving platform to “train, test and deploy self-driving AI vehicles.” The autonomous trucks will be targeted for public transport freight transport, refuse and recycling collection, construction, mining, forestry and other industries where commercial vehicles such as trucks are widely used.

The partnership comes as more automakers join the self-driving bandwagon, which are led by major global automakers including Toyota, Volkswagen and its Audi brand, Ford, General Motors, Daimler-owned Mercedes Benz and Nissan.

Under the Volvo-Nvidia partnership, the companies will work together to apply Nvidia’s autonomous vehicle technology to a whole range of trucks operating globally, potentially resulting in driverless transports in forestry and construction, among others.

The companies also highlighted the potential role of driverless cars in retail, particularly in the delivery of stocks. Retailers rely on freight and logistics companies for the delivery of their goods to distribution sites and to the end consumer. With self-driving delivery trucks, Volvo and Nvidia are looking to reduce logistics costs in the U.S. by 45%, or by about $85 billion to $125 billion.

“Trucking is the world’s largest network – a network that through online shopping puts practically anything, anywhere in the world, quickly within our reach,” Nvidia founder and CEO Jensen Huang said in a statement.

The role of self-driving commercial vehicles can range from loading and unloading of containers on cargo ships and managing port operations to autonomously driving on the highway.

To ensure the safety of self-driving Volvo trucks, the vehicle maker will use the Nvidia Drive Constellation to test and validate the vehicles before they are dispatched.

Nvidia, whose primary line of business includes graphics processing units for games and other industries, as well as chips for mobile phones and other devices, is not a newcomer to the autonomous driving technology. In 2017, Nvidia invested in TuSimple, a Chinese startup that specializes in autonomous trucking.

In 2018, ride-hailing giant Uber and electric and self-driving transport company Einride tapped Nvidia for their self-driving efforts.

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