Self-driving trucks by Volvo will have some know hardware below the hood. The auto manufacturer has inked an agreement with NVIDIA that will employ the processor firm’s Drive platform to “test, train, and use” a series of big self-driving transports that comprises freight trucks, buses, and beyond including mining trucks. They will both build on hardware platform by NVIDIA and employ its software to manage everything from path planning to sensor data.
Work will begin “instantly,” Volvo claimed. Staff from NVIDIA and Volvo will even share workplace at their individual offices in Santa Clara and Gothenburg. There is no pipeline for when you can hope to see the first fruits of the associations on a road close to you.
To some level, this is about fast-tracking work by Volvo to keep up with the rivalry. Waymo is trialing self-driving vehicles, while a more direct competitor such as Daimler needs its autonomous vehicles on the streets within 10 Years. The NVIDIA association can save Volvo from doing as much operation as it might if it had to design systems majorly from scratch.
On the other hand, self-directed trucks might basically be good trade for Volvo. They can run beyond the hours without stopping for anything other than refill or recharge, and they would be specifically useful for ordinary tasks such as offloading cargo and navigating some bus routes. The sooner Volvo can get these transports on the street, the more vehicles it can sell to firms that may have otherwise postponed.
On a related note, Vera (the autonomous vehicle by Volvo Trucks) is ready to arrive on the streets. In association with DFDS (logistics and ferry firm) Vera will start transferring goods in Gothenburg, Sweden between a port terminal and a logistics center. The truck will haul shipping containers down a predefined path, comprising a stretch of public streets.