Volvo to collect real-time data on customers’ cars to improve safety
The next generation of Volvo cars is expected to be the safest in the company, thanks to cutting-edge software and hardware levels, coupled with continuous and faster improvements in safety functions using real-time data.
Volvo Cars has always used traffic data from real-life situations to develop safety technologies and make its cars even safer. For its next generation of vehicles, the company is looking to process data from customers’ cars in real time, if customers want it, and help make their cars safer.
“By allowing customers to choose and participate in improving safety levels and road safety in this way, we can make continuous and much faster improvements to cars, constantly improving safety levels,” said Volvo Cars in a press release.
This data would include continuous inputs to the car’s surroundings from sensors such as the high-resolution LiDAR provided by technology company Luminar.
Engineers would be able to validate and verify Autonomous Driving (AD) functionality more quickly, to promote safe deployment of AD technology.
CEO of Zenseact (the autonomous driving software arm of Volvo Cars), Ödgärd Andersson, said: “With the help of real data, we can speed up our development processes from years to days. As real-time collection generates a lot more data, we can create better and better data sets that allow us to make better and faster decisions about the next advancements in security.
To process the real-time traffic data they collect, Volvo Cars and Zenseact are investing in a data factory that will hold more than 200 PebiBytes (225 million gigabytes) of data over the next few years.
Using the capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI), data can be processed at record times. Customers will be able to choose whether this data is collected about them, and all data collected will be aggregated with adequate safeguards for customer confidentiality.
R&D Director Mats Moberg said: “Security is part of our heritage and the backbone of our business, but software is a crucial part of our modern DNA. So while continuing to build on the 50-year expertise of Volvo Cars’ crash research team, we can now also take advantage of AI as a new virtual crash research team.
Using real-time data is part of Volvo Cars’ long-term vision for a future where collisions simply don’t happen again, by equipping its cars with some of the best and advanced sensors available, continuously improving safety and autonomous driving systems.
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