AI Innovation of Sweden has inaguarated a new national centre to accelerate innovation and research in practical applied Artificial Intelligence, AI, with Volvo one of the partners.

“AI is important for the Volvo Group and will be even more important in the coming years”, said Volvo CTO Lars Stenqvist, who represented the company during the inauguration with, among others, the Swedish Minister for Energy and Digital Development, Anders Ygeman.

“For our self-driving vehicles, AI is a prerequisite but we will use AI in many parts of our business like in production and in logistics. And since data is a strong asset within AI, [it] will benefit a lot of our 850,000 connected vehicles. We use that data, and will do so even more, to support our customers.”

AI Innovation of Sweden is a national and neutral initiative. The focus is on accelerating implementation of AI by means of sharing knowledge and data, co-location and collaboration projects, all with a strong focus on ethics, transparency and security.

AI Innovation of Sweden establishes shared resources, for example, the Data Factory, which will make data available in a new way and co-locates sites with the aim of improving collaboration, knowledge-sharing and the ability to attract talent.

More than 40 organisations and companies – from the industrial and academic worlds and the public sector – have signed up so far and more are expected.

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“AI is a wide and complex area”, added Stenqvist. “As a partner, our AI experts will contribute with their knowledge but we will at the same time get access to AI knowledge from this broad ecosystem of Swedish partners and from international experts this centre will attract.”