The upcoming Volvo EX90 will utilize lidar, cameras, and radars to understand the car’s surroundings and improve safety. This technology is a necessary step towards achieving autonomous driving in the future, as it allows for the recognition of the environment in detail, both in front of the car and in the distance beyond turns. To facilitate this, Volvo has partnered with Google to bring their HD map technology into the EX90.
The HD map is a comprehensive map specifically designed for car manufacturers, providing detailed and up-to-date road information. Volvo and strategic affiliate Polestar will be the first car makers to integrate this technology into their vehicles, starting with the Volvo EX90 and Polestar 3. By combining the HD map with the EX90’s sensor set, data from the car can be merged with Google’s precise lane-level and localization data, enabling assisted driving features such as lane change assistance and Volvo’s Pilot Assist technology, as well as future autonomous driving capabilities.
This road information, along with data from the EX90’s lidar and other sensors, will be processed through the car’s core computer system powered by NVIDIA DRIVE AI Platforms Xavier and Orin. By utilizing both the HD map and information collected from exterior sensors, including a lidar and software developed by safety software company Zenseact, Volvo aims to create a more predictable, safe, and comfortable driving experience. In the future, the HD map will also support the introduction of autonomous driving technology in combination with the EX90’s sensor set, consisting of a roof-integrated lidar, radars, cameras, and ultrasonic sensors, further improving the car’s understanding of its environment.
Volvo is excited to continue its collaboration with Google and bring this game-changing technology to their drivers. The implementation of the HD map in the EX90 and future car line-up reflects Volvo’s commitment to working with technology leaders and will contribute to the introduction of safe autonomous driving. Zenseact is proud to be a part of this partnership, as it plays an important role in the journey towards zero collisions.