Volkswagen and NVidia has announced a tie-up to develop Artifical Intelligence capablities for use in not just self driving cars but also in other domains.
Company said that it wants to use AI and deep learning to power new opportunities within its corporate business functions and, more widely, “in the field of mobility services.” As an example, the German car-maker said it is working on procedures to help optimize traffic flow in cities and urban areas, while it sees the potential for intelligent human-robot collaboration, too.
“Artificial intelligence is the key to the digital future of the Volkswagen Group. We want to develop and deploy high-performance AI systems ourselves. This is why we are expanding our expert knowledge required. Cooperation with NVIDIA will be a major step in this direction,” Dr. Martin Hofmann, CIO of the Volkswagen Group, said in a statement.
This tie-up will also help other startups in the automotive space. The VW Data Lab is opening a startup support program that is specialized on machine learning and deep learning with Nvidia’s help. The first batch will include five startups and start this fall. Companies are reaching out to students too with a “Summer of Code” camp that will begin soon.
Nvidia is already working with Audi on self-driving cars and has also announced today about the tie up with Volvo for self driving cars to be rolled out by 2021. VW did ink an agreement earlier this year to work with Nvidia to develop AI-cockpit services for its 12 automotive brands, but it is also working with rival Qualcomm on connected cars and smart in-car systems, too.
Nvidia also signed up auto suppliers ZF and Hella to build additional safety standards into its autonomous vehicle platform.