Intel & Waymo Collaborated On Compute Platform Design For Self-Driving Cars

Intel chips loaded in Waymo self-driving minivans

Intel Chips Help Waymo's Self-Driving Minivans Make Decisions in Real Time

"Intel's collaboration with Waymo ensures Intel will continue its leading role in helping realize the promise of autonomous driving and a safer, collision-free future". ARS Technica magazine noted that Intel has supplied its Xeon processors, Arria field programmable gate arrays which give machine vision and gigabit ethernet solutions for communications to Waymo.

The newest vehicles from Waymo feature Intel-based technologies for sensor processing, general compute and connectivity, "enabling real-time decisions for full autonomy in city conditions", Xinhua reported on Tuesday.

Working with Waymo isn't Intel's only foray into autonomous driving.

The computer chipmaker has been hinting the whole world on their ideas and developments in regards to generating the next big self-driving auto.

It is expected to add real-time decisions on Waymo's self-driving auto technology in city conditions.

"That's an astounding thought: Something nearly 90 percent of Americans do every day will end within a generation".

Almost 90% of vehicle crashes are caused by human error, noted Brian Krzanich, chief executive officer of Intel Corporation. First, Intel is fast becoming a computing firm that is looking to stay at the forefront of automation and related tech. "Intel's technology supports the advanced processing inside our vehicles, with the ability to manufacture to meet Waymo's needs at scale".

Last year, it has partnered with BMW and computer vision company Mobileye to develop autonomous driving technology and in March this year, Intel acquired Mobileye for $15.3bn. The deal is said to have closed in June this year. With Intel, Waymo's autonomous cars have covered more ground than any other fleet of autonomous cars now in operation, acquiring over 3 million miles of cumulative road travel - Waymo's actual mileage is higher than this, however, as the company reached 3 million miles on its own by May, and that's after all the progress it made in 2016.

It marked the first time one of the project's cars had given a passenger a ride without a human on hand to take control of a self-driving vehicle if something went wrong.

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