Volvo Will Collaborate With NVIDIA On New Infotainment System
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Volvo is a car manufacturer that has shown a big commitment to fully electric, autonomous, and connected transportation in the future. The company believes that one major innovation can unlock it all: software-defined, centralized computing.
This has pushed the automaker to partner with NVIDIA to produce a new core computing system for its next-generation fleet. An improved in-car infotainment system is one of the major changes that the integrated computing will bring.
A new system is on the way for future Volvo cars
Volvo used its Tech Moment at the end of last month to announce its upcoming technology developments, according to Car and Driver. The automaker highlighted infotainment, computing power, safety, and battery production as key areas it plans to upgrade.
The new changes will feature in the automaker's new EV, which will arrive in the coming year. The company has partnered with NVIDIA to create a core computing system that will be paired with VolvoCars.OS, Volvo’s in-house operating system developed with Google.
The core system contains three main computers, one dedicated to artificial intelligence and vision processing, another one for general computing, and the third for handling infotainment.
The system will run on NVIDIA's new proprietary processor: NVIDIA DRIVE Orin. According to the technology company, the new processor is currently the most advanced, operationally secure, and safe, software-based computing platform for autonomous driving.
What are the benefits of the new system?
Car and Driver reported that the new system will lower the number of electronic systems each Volvo car has from 100 to 50. This will, in turn, reduce weight and improve the cars' efficiency. Håkan Samuelsson, CEO of Volvo Cars, said that the system will help give car owners a faster and much more flexible in-car experience.
The improved system will enhance safety by splitting up the information displayed on the car screen. The clear and simple information will be easier for drivers to understand without getting distracted from the road. The screens will keep important functions, based on the driving situation, front and center rather than hidden in a sub-menu.
According to InsideEVs, Volvo aims to centralize its future products on your phone, which will act as a key. You’ll be able to use the Volvo Cars app to find and pay for things like charging. The app will support remote functions such as pre-heating and cooling, so your car will be comfortable right when you open the door.
The centralized computing system will also allow the company to eliminate most of the complexity that makes upgrading current systems challenging. Most of the software is developed in-house by the automaker and kept in one central computer inside the car. This makes it easy for them to roll out frequent over-the-air updates to improve the system's features.
When will the technology be rolled out?
Most of the features that Volvo previewed in its Tech Moment will be available to drivers next year. The Swedish manufacturer plans to roll them out for the first time in its first fully electric SUV, the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric.
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