Volvo says will allow it to validate its autonomous systems faster, enabling it to accelerate its adoption in safety. The real-world data will allow it to hone the systems for specific locations faster than using test cars on a special track.
Volvo will also use over-the-air updated to add news systems and features to its cars, which will include upgrades to safety systems. The first car to use this technology will be a new SUV, the next-gen XC90, which will be built on an EV-only ‘technology base’.
Asked about the extra cost of fitting LiDar systems as standard to all cars, Samuelsson admitted it was high, but said: “You have to see together with the value, and the value is to really build the safety car possible using all technology available. A car with LiDar will be safer than a car with just cameras, and Volvo really needs to use all available technology. We can’t afford to not have a LiDar on a Volvo when the technology is ready.”
That machine will feature a raft of news safety systems and sensors, including a new Laminar-developed LiDar system and a bespoke Nvidia-developed autonomous driving computer. Volvo claims a combination of these advanced hardware and software systems will lead to a significant increase in its safety package, reducing accidents and fatalities.
Volvo is working with its autonomous driving software arm, Zenseact, to develop a data factory that can store more than 200 PebiBytes (225 million gigabytes) of data.
Volvo to take software development in-house