Volvo, Autoliv and Nvidia will team up to develop advanced systems and software for self-driving cars, the Swedish carmaker recently announced. All three companies will work together with Zenuity, a newly-formed automotive software development joint venture equally owned by Volvo Cars and Autoliv, to develop next generation self-driving car technologies.

Nvidia will contribute to the collaboration by supplying its AI car computing platform as the foundation for Zenuity’s advanced software development. Many carmakers are looking at artificial intelligence as an important element in future autonomous driving systems, whereby vehicles will be able to assess situations and react accordingly.

The partnership will allow for the development of systems that can utilise deep learning – a form of artificial intelligence – to identify objects in the environment and anticipate potential threats. Combined with other supporting systems like high-definition maps and on-board sensors, this allows the vehicle to navigate itself safely without human intervention.

“This cooperation with Nvidia places Volvo Cars, 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,” said Hakan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars.

Zenuity will provide Volvo with self-driving software, while Autoliv will also sell this software to third party OEMs using its established and broad sales, marketing and distribution network.