Waymo, a spinoff of Google (owned by Google parent Alphabet), has built a relationship with the leading computer chipmaker in the world, Intel. Together, they have decided to work on developing automated or self-driven cars. Chrysler Pacifica minivans, the automated car from Waymo, are already on the cards and with Intel providing the technology, it is an unbeatable match.
Intel Corporation will provide the connectivity, processing of sensor and general computing to Chrysler Pacifica. However, the details of the budget or share percentage between the two companies were not disclosed.
WHAT IS AUTOMATED OR SELF-DRIVEN CAR
Self-driving car or automated car or driverless car is a robotic vehicle which can move on its own to various destinations without the need of any human interaction. It can sense the environment on the road and navigate accordingly. The inbuilt artificial intelligence enables the vehicle to gauge the situation and moves accordingly.
By taking the help of Intel’s computing platform, Waymo’s automated cars would be able to process the information in real time. Waymo has been employing the use of Intel’s technology since 2015 in its Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans.
Regarding the ongoing collaboration, Brian Krzanich, Intel’s Chief Executive said that they are trying to make high-performance software and hardware that can match with the innovative, smart Waymo’s automated cars.
Intel had already been actively involving itself in buzzing autonomous vehicles industry. It had previously acquired Mobileye in March at $15 billion and the latest collaboration with Intel is yet another step towards stepping foot in the autonomous car industry. Even though Intel had actively been involved in collaborations, it is the first time that Waymo had agreed to collaborate with a supplier. In the past, Waymo had always developed in-house products.
Google had started working along with Fiat Chrysler for making self-driven cars while Intel had always been providing chips to the autonomous program by Google. Since Waymo already has its in-house production of sensors, it is not taking the use of Mobileye’s autonomous vision system.
THE BOTTOM LINE
BMW and Fiat-Chrysler have already joined hands with Mobileye and Intel to work on creating autonomous vehicles. Autonomous vehicles are going to change the face of the driving environment by making it safe, avoiding errors, managing traffic amongst others. With the growth in artificial intelligence sector, autonomous vehicles are a boon to the society.