Volvo wants to ship a new EV yearly until 2025, targeting a fully-electric, software-defined lineup by 2030. According to that vision, the Swedish automaker introduced the new fully electric EX90 SUV.

The electric SUV is the first flagship vehicle featuring Ride Pilot, Volvo’s new advanced driver-assist system. The EX90 handles safety, infotainment and battery management via the NVIDIA DRIVE Orin SoC. NVIDIA introduced Orin two years ago and touted it as an advanced software-defined compute engine for autonomous vehicles and robots.

When looking at modern vehicles today, they are not just a computer on wheels, but rather tons of computers on four wheels. As the amount of compute in automotive is ever increasing, chips must satisfy rigorous safety requirements before being integrated into vehicles. The ISO 26262 standard defines an Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) to map the applicable requirements and processes according to the criticality of the system. As per NVIDIA, the DRIVE SoC is designed to achieve safety standards like ISO 26262 ASIL-D.

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