Toyota has had its own endeavours with autonomous driving technologies, though now the Japanese automaker giant has announced its collaboration with Nvidia for the development of hardware and software for artificial intelligence, which Toyota plans to bring to market “in the next few years.” This brings it in line with the goals of other automakers, including those of Audi.

Nvidia isn’t new to the field of autonomous driving technology. The computer hardware company unveiled its Drive PX 2 artificial intelligence computer at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which it dubbed the “first in-car artificial intelligence supercomputer.” Other brands such as Audi, BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo have pledged their interest in trialling the system.

“Toyota has worked on autonomous driving technologies for over 20 years with the aim of reducing traffic fatalities to zero as an ultimate goal, achieving smoother traffic, and providing mobility for all. Through this collaboration, we intend to accelerate the development of autonomous driving systems that are even more safe and capable,” said Toyota executive general manager Ken Koibuchi.

Nvidia’s Xavier processor is incorporated into its Drive PX AI platform, which Nvidia says can compute 30 trillion deep learning operations per second, from a palm-sized enclosure. The platform collects data from cameras, lidar, radar and other sensors.