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Intel Rolls Connected Car Products

29 May 2014

Microprocessor giant Intel Corp. today rolled out a group of hardware and software products aimed at providing vehicle manufacturers with the ability to offer a more connected and integrated automobile, and eventually, self-driving capabilities. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company also provided an update on its automotive investments and automotive research programs.

The products, dubbed Intel In-Vehicle Solutions, will be used by carmakers and their suppliers to help offer consumers in-vehicle experiences at a reduced cost, Intel claims. The products will range from compute modules, development kits and an integrated software stack of operation system plus middleware.

Intel said the first of these products will target in-vehicle infotainment systems with advanced driver assistance capabilities. Future products will target advanced driving features such as autonomous cars.

According to Intel, its In-Vehicle Solutions could shorten infotainment development time by more than 12 months and reduce costs up to 50 percent by providing a standardized platform in which automakers could apply their engineering resources to. This would then accelerate the time to market enhanced safety features and infotainment are ported to new vehicles.

Intel also provided an update to its $100 million Connected Car Fund, which was established in 2012 to accelerate the move to connected cars. Intel’s latest funds will go to ZMP Inc., makers of autonomous driving platforms and vehicles connected with sensors, radars and cameras.

Further investment from Intel is going to automotive technology suppliers in order to ensure that those companies adopting Intel’s products will have the tools and technology to meet consumer demand for a connected car. Intel said it is working with its subsidiary Wind River, as well as with Green Hills Software, Mobica, Symphony Teleca, QNX and XSe, to provide products and services to automakers that adopt Intel’s In-Vehicle Solutions.

Intel revealed two research projects it has launched as well. The Personal Vehicle Experience Research Project is focused on the consumers’ joys and pains when using a vehicle. The goal of the research project is to understand what people want from their cars and how cars can be more interactive, predictive and adaptive to its surroundings, Intel said. Meanwhile, the Secure My Connected Car Research Project is tasked with learning the vulnerabilities and challenges that go along with a connected car such as critical in-vehicle hardware and software failure or memory and telematics protection.

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