Volkswagen has announced it will cooperate with American chipmaker Nvidia on new deep learning technology that may be used inside the carmaker’s future vehicles. “Artificial intelligence is the key to the digital future of the Volkswagen Group,” Volkswagen Chief Information Officer Martin Hofmann said in a statement, Reuters reported. “We want to develop and deploy high-performance AI systems ourselves. This is why we are expanding our expert knowledge. Cooperation with Nvidia will be a major step in this direction,” he said. Nvidia came to prominence in the gaming industry for designing graphics processing chips, but in recent years has been a key player in the automotive sector for providing the so-called “brain” of the autonomous vehicle. The US-based technology company separately announced it was also partnering with Volvo Cars and Swedish auto supplier Autoliv to develop self-driving car technology for vehicles due to hit the market by 2021.