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The Volvo Group has signed an agreement with NVIDIA to jointly develop a system designed to safely handle fully autonomous driving on public roads and highways.

The solution will be built on NVIDIA’s AI platform that offers sensor processing, perception, map localization and path planning. The groups say it will be used for a wide range of possible autonomous driving applications, such as freight transport, refuse and recycling collection, public transport, construction, mining, forestry and more.

Martin Lundstedt, President and CEO of the Volvo Group, says: “Automation creates real-life benefits for both our customers and the society in terms of safety, energy efficiency and as a consequence productivity. We continue to gradually introduce automated applications in the entire spectrum of automation, from driver support systems to fully autonomous vehicles and machines.”

Jensen Huang, NVIDIA founder and CEO says: “The latest breakthroughs in AI and robotics bring a new level of intelligence and automation to address the transportation challenges we face. We are thrilled to partner with Volvo Group to reinvent the future of trucking.”

 Lars Stenqvist, Volvo Group Chief Technology Officer, adds: “Automation is a key technology area for the Volvo Group. With this partnership we will further increase our speed of development and strengthen our long-term capabilities and assets within automation, to the benefit of our customers in different segments and markets.”

The groups say work will begin immediately with personnel from the two companies being co-located in Gothenburg, Sweden and Santa Clara, California.

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