Volvo joins forces with NVIDIA

American technology company NVIDIA has announced that Volvo will be the first car manufacturer to use its new super-computer. The news was broken at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 6 this year.

The mini-computer is called Drive PX 2. According to NVIDIA’s co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, it has computing power that is equivalent to 150 MacBook Pro laptops. It can also deliver as many as 24 trillion “deep learning” operations per second. This enables the computer’s Artificial Intelligence to program itself in order to recognise a range of driving situations.

The first Volvo car to benefit from Drive PX 2 will be the XC90, which spearheads the Swedish carmaker’s self-driving car pilot programme, known as Drive Me.

Volvo has previously announced that it is working with Inrix, a data analytics company to offer the first live, real-time traffic service. A statement read that it will “better tackle the challenges of daily driving.”

Marcus Rothoff, director of the autonomous driving programme at Volvo said, “Our vision is that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by the year 2020.”

NVIDIA is best known for the graphics processing units it produces for PC gaming, but the automotive sector is now providing the company with its fastest-growing business component.

Self-driving technology played a big part at CES this year after growing relationships between car manufacturers and Silicon Valley companies.

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