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Zenuity, a leading developer of software for self-driving and assisted driving cars, has opted to work with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) for sourcing the crucial artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure that it needs for the design and development of advanced autonomous driving (AD) systems.
Zenuity is a joint venture company that was formed by Volvo Cars (VCC) and Veoneer, two Swedish companies who are known for their innovations related to automotive safety. Zenuity specializes in the creation of platforms that are meant to deliver world-class performance in autonomous driving while at all times meeting stringent real-world safety benchmarks.
As part of the collaboration between Zenuity and HPE, HPE will provide Zenuity with core data processing services. These services will make it possible for to obtain, store, organize and analyze the data that it generates across the world from its network of test vehicles and software development centers. The end-to-end IT infrastructure will be delivered as-a-Service through HPE GreenLake.
Commenting on the collaboration, Dennis Nobelius, Zenuity’s chief executive said that HPE’s solutions were the crucial building blocks for the development of the autonomous driving cars of the future. He added that HPE would be providing Zenuity with the foundations upon which everything else is built.
“The paradigm shift we’ve seen in the past few years has been remarkable, with autonomous vehicles presenting the biggest opportunity we’ve seen in decades to disrupt and revolutionize the automotive industry. To meet this challenge, optimizing the convergence of HPC, data analytics and artificial intelligence is vital,” said Antonio Neri, Chief Executive Officer, HPE.
Neri continued that creating an ecosystem that supports this convergence, coupled with matching infrastructure across edge computing, storage, compute and services is vital as Zenuity tries to emerge as one of the frontrunners in this change,.
Neri concluded, “This kind of partnership will provide Zenuity with the innovation and flexibility to adapt as it grows and is exactly why we’re committed to offering everything as-a-Service to our customer.”
The service is powered by HPC technologies which are built specifically for this purpose: HPE Apollo systems, HPE ProLiant servers, and a high performance parallel Lustre file based storage solution. These techmologies would be delivered through the as-a-Service HPE GreenLake offering. HPE Pointnext Services will manage the solution, with the outcome being environment that would support Zenuity’s developers as they test, learn and validate new generations of the company’s flagship AD software.
“While many of those trying to be first to market in the AD industry are moving at pace towards deployment, our focus is on delivering solutions that are the most safe to market. Building our real-life safety benchmark is part of this goal and relies on our ability to deliver a world-leading software stack built upon reliable infrastructure,” said Nobelius.
The plan is to commence deployment this summer. Initially, the AD software will be launched in Sweden, and will be shortly launched in other markets across the globe.
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