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Google’s Waymo has Been Working with Intel on Self-Driving Cars Since the Start

18 September 2017

Intel has been working with Waymo since 2009. Source: Intel Corp. Intel has been working with Waymo since 2009. Source: Intel Corp. Intel Corp. has revealed that it has been working with Google’s autonomous driving technology arm, Waymo, during the company’s testing of the technology for all three-million miles of real-world driving it has logged.

Intel says the Waymo cars with Intel technology have processed more self-driving car miles than any other autonomous fleet on U.S. roads. The agreement will continue as Waymo’s newest vehicles, the self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans, feature Intel-based technologies for sensor processing, general compute and connectivity. These technologies will allow for real-time decisions for full autonomy in city conditions.

“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,” says Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel. “That's an astounding thought: Something almost 90 percent of Americans do every day will end within a generation. 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.”

Intel says as Waymo’s self-driving technology becomes smarter and more capable, the hardware and software will require even more powerful and efficient compute. Intel will provide Waymo’s fleet with advanced processing power required for Level 4 and Level 5 autonomy.

To contact the author of this article, email Peter.Brown@ieeeglobalspec.com


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