Autoliv Developing Self-Driving Car Software

Autoliv, Inc., which has a Goleta location,  Volvo Cars Corp. and NVIDIA, an AI and visual computing technology company, are jointly developing advanced systems and software for self-driving cars.

Autoliv has been in operation for more than 60 years. It has developed seat belt systems, airbags and developed headlights that can automatically put a spotlight on a moving object on the side of the road. That was developed at the Goleta location.

Autoliv and Volvo, with Zenuity, a newly formed automotive software development joint venture owned by Autoliv and the car company, plan to work with NVIDIA to develop “next generation self-driving car technologies, with a target to bring level four autonomous driving to the market by 2021,” according to a June 27 press release.

Autoliv, Volvo and Zenuity will use a NVIDIA’s AI car computing platform as the foundation for their advanced software development, bringing together two of the most respected companies in automotive safety with one of the world’s leading artificial intelligence companies.

“We now have full access to the leading computing platform for autonomous driving,” said Chairman, President and CEO of Autoliv Jan Carlson. “Autoliv, Volvo and NVIDIA share the same vision for safe, autonomous driving.”

President and Chief Executive of Volvo Håkan Samuelsson said, “This cooperation with NVIDIA places Volvo, Autoliv and Zenuity at the forefront of the fast-moving market to develop next generation autonomous driving capabilities and will speed up the development of Volvo’s own commercially available autonomous drive cars.”

Artificial intelligence is essential for solving the challenge of autonomous driving, said Jensen Huang, NVIDIA chief executive. “. We are building on our earlier collaboration with Volvo to create production ready vehicles that will make driving safer, lead to greener cities and reduce congestion on our roads.”

The companies will work together to develop systems that can use “deep learning — a form of artificial intelligence — to recognize objects in their environment, anticipate potential threats and navigate safely.”

These systems can compare real-time situational awareness with a known high-definition map, enabling them to plan a safe route and drive precisely along it, adjusting to ever-changing circumstances. They also perform other critical functions such as stitching camera inputs to create a complete surround-view of the car.

The deal with NVIDIA will complement Zenuity’s mission to provide Autoliv autonomous vehicle related software to third-party OEMs using Autoliv’s established and broad sales, marketing and distribution network and to provide Volvo with self-driving software for its vehicles, the press release said.

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