Published: Wed, September 20, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Intel partners with Waymo to build fully autonomous auto

Intel partners with Waymo to build fully autonomous auto

The partnership between Intel and Waymo began in 2009 when Intel supplied chips for the autonomous programme by Google before collaborating to install and develop autonomous vehicle technology for the Chrysler Minivans.

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

Intel, which has been expanding beyond its core of computer chipmaking, is keen for its technology to be an engine powering self-driving systems across the spectrum of vehicle makers. The company has done most of its development work in-house.

Intel had recently announced the acquisition of Mobileye, an autonomous vision company for US$15 bn.

"As Waymo's self-driving technology becomes smarter and more capable, its high-performance hardware and software will require even more powerful and efficient computers", Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said in a blog post Monday. Those vehicles began test drives at the end of 2016.

According to the Reuters news agency, it is the first time Waymo has owned up to using an outside agency's technology.

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But Waymo hasn't talked a lot about its computing platform, or about the fact that Intel was working with the company to integrate chips that allow the minivans to process the large tranches of information coming in from the sensors on these vehicles. Some of their developed projects have been featured and used on the likes of the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans.

"Intel's technology supports the advanced processing inside our vehicles, with the ability to manufacture to meet Waymo's needs at scale", he said.

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

The team has spent six months on the joint program.

'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.

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 auto if something went wrong.

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