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Volvo deepens supply agreement with Nvidia for autonomous tech

by Justin King

Volvo plans to use Nvidia's Drive AGX Xavier technology for its upcoming Scalable Product Architecture 2 platform.

Volvo has announced plans to expand its supply contract with Nvidia for autonomous technology.

The automaker has selected the Nvidia Drive AGX Xavier to power autonomous systems in the upcoming Scalable Product Architecture 2 (SPA 2) platform.

The companies are collaborating on the deployment, developing unique 360-degree surround perception and a driver monitoring system.

"A successful launch of autonomous drive will require an enormous amount of computing power, as well as constant advances in artificial intelligence," says Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson. "Our agreement with NVIDIA is an important piece of that puzzle and helps us to safely introduce fully autonomous Volvo cars to our customers."

Production of the Drive AGX-powered Volvo models is expected to begin in the early 2020s. The autonomous hardware is said to be capable of Level 2+ assisted driving. The companies are also working on a Level 4 highly automated driving system without any firm launch window.