Google's Waymo Teams With Intel on Self Driving Technology


Computer chip giant Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has been collaborating with Waymo, the driverless auto company owned by Google parent Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL).

Waymo said that working closely with Intel in-house will make it possible for the company to make use of the exact components that best suit self-driving tech, noted a report by the Verge.

The chipmaker admitted it had worked with the company during the design of its compute platform to allow autonomous cars to process information in real time.

"Building cars and testing them in real-world conditions provides immediate feedback and will accelerate delivery of technologies and solutions for highly and fully autonomous vehicles", said Mobileye co-founder Amnon Shashua, who is to run the unit for Intel.

The tech giant recently announced that they are now looking at a $15 billion investment with the acquisition of the autonomous vision company Mobileye last March; they are looking to pioneer and push boundaries in terms of business models.

The tech giant has already supplied Waymo's current driverless Chrysler Pacifica MPVs with technology for "everything from connectivity to sensor-data processing", says The Verge.

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Waymo, which has developed its own sensors, is not using the autonomous vision system created by Mobileye. The partnership is nothing new but the whole new platform they announced is going to shake the autonomous market. And in August, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles revealed that it, too, was joining the BMW/Intel autonomous vehicle program.

Numerous existing self-driving cars on U.S. roads, including Waymo's, are now within or close to level 4 autonomy, making it one step away from being advanced enough to be fully autonomous.

'That's why in May we teamed up with FCA to work on adding 100 self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to Waymo's fleet.

Considering 90% of vehicular accidents are caused by human error, self driving cars are an important development, Krzanich said.

'Before starting production in October, we'd put these early vehicles through their paces at our own test track in California, and FCA's Chelsea Proving Grounds in Chelsea, MI and their Arizona Proving Grounds in Yucca, AZ. Level 5 means the vehicle takes over all driving in every condition or environment.