At Volvo Group, the standalone transport solutions division will be established on January 1, 2020. A birth that owes much to the agreement signed by Sweden with the chip giant Nvidia last June.
Since 2016, Volvo Trucks designs and tests autonomous trucks that rely on the superiority of automation over the human factor. The list of tasks involved is long: Automated container traffic on ports (Vera project); self-management of vehicles carrying sugar cane crops across Brazil; waste collection by an autonomous garbage dump; limestone transport by autonomous heavy goods vehicles in the Bronnoy Kalk mine (Sweden). All these applications have proven their operational efficiency and 40-60% cost saving potential compared to a diesel truck driven by a driver.
In these contexts, Nvidia provides Volvo Group with the possibility of offering its autonomous, safe trucks to the industry in an open environment for their repetitive activities. The Nvidia Drive Sim autonomous driving platform simulates the vehicle environment. And its module Nvidia Drive Pegasius treats data as coming from a real environment. This teaches the sensors to react on the road as in training.