Geely's Volvo Cars and Nvidia today announced that the Swedish automaker had selected the supplier's Drive AGX Xavier computer for its next generation of vehicles, with production starting early 2020s.

The Xavier is a highly integrated AI car computer that enables Volvo to streamline development of self-driving capabilities while reducing total cost of development and support. The initial production release will deliver Level 2+ automated driving features, going beyond traditional advanced driver assistance systems.

The companies are working together to develop automated driving capabilities, uniquely integrating 360-degree surround perception and a driver monitoring system. The Nvidia-based computing platform will enable Volvo to implement new connectivity services, energy management technology, in-car personalization options, and autonomous drive technology.

"A successful launch of autonomous drive will require an enormous amount of computing power, as well as constant advances in artificial intelligence," said Hakan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. "Our agreement with Nvidia is an important piece of that puzzle and helps us to safely introduce fully autonomous Volvo cars to our customers."

Drive AGX incorporates the Nvidia Xavier system-on-a-chip, the world's first processor built for autonomous driving. Architected for safety, the Xavier SoC incorporates six different types of processors for redundant and diverse algorithms.