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Intel and ‘Google’ Team Up to Form Autonomous Car Power Couple

September 23, 2017

Intel Waymo Partnership
Intel & Waymo Self-driving Car Partnership

As the self-driving car industry continues at its relentless pace, new partnerships are formed between huge companies and new announcements seems to be made on a daily basis.

The rapid growth of autonomous car technology has seen some of the biggest names collaborating recently such as Microsoft and Volvo, Blackberry & Delphi, Uber and Daimler, Lyft & GM as well as Nvidia who has partnered with various established car makers including Toyota, Audi & Tesla.

It should come as no surprise then that arguably the two biggest players in state of the art technology has recently announced their partnership to advance self-driving car tech.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced earlier this week that the giant chipmaker is helping Waymo, Google’s self-driving car project, to build autonomous car technology.

Intel chose well because, if there’s a current leader in the race to deliver a full level 5 autonomous car, where no human driver is required, it’s definitely Alphabet-owned Waymo. (Find out what the self-driving levels mean here)

Since its inception in 2010, Waymo’s fleet of self-driving cars have driven close to 5 Million kilometres on public roads and it is reported that they have spent over a billion dollars on the program in just its first seven years of operation.

While, Waymo’s Chrysler Minivans (shown above) are already equipped with Intel’s technology throughout the vehicle, Intel’s Brian Krzanich recent announcement focusses on the collaboration to create fully autonomous cars capable of working in a variety of environments, completely free of driver assistance.

This is what Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel Corporation had to say:

Brian Krzanich
Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel Corporation

“One of the big promises of artificial intelligence (AI) is our driverless future. Nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes worldwide every year – an average 3,287 deaths a day. Nearly 90 percent of those collisions are caused by human error.

Self-driving technology can help prevent these errors by giving autonomous vehicles the capacity to learn from the collective experience of millions of cars – avoiding the mistakes of others and creating a safer driving environment.

Given the pace at which autonomous driving is coming to life, I fully expect my children’s children will never have to drive a car. That’s an astounding thought: Something almost 90 percent of Americans do every day will end within a generation3. With so much life-saving potential, it’s a rapid transformation that Intel is excited to be at the forefront of along with other industry leaders like Waymo.

As Waymo’s self-driving technology becomes smarter and more capable, its high-performance hardware and software will require even more powerful and efficient compute. By working closely with Waymo, Intel can offer Waymo’s fleet of vehicles the advanced processing power required for level 4 and 5 autonomy.”

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