Intel’s New Autonomous Driving Lab In Silicon Valley Unveiled

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Intel’s new Advanced Vehicle Lab in Silicon Valley, a “cutting edge” facility dedicated to the development of self-driving vehicle tech (amongst other things), was recently unveiled by the company.

Intel’’s Kathy Winter (from left), Doug Davis, and Patti Robb cut the entrance ribbon, officially opening Intel’’s Silicon Valley Center for Autonomous Driving in San Jose, California, to the public on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

The new facility will join Intel’s other related facilities located in Arizona, Oregon, and Germany. These facilities were created specifically to aid the company in its further entrance into the rapidly growing “next gen transportation” sector — which encompasses self-driving vehicles, vehicle-to-vehicle communication, AI, connectivity, sensor technology and processing, etc.

The press release provides more: “With the slew of information captured by cameras, LIDAR, RADAR, and other sensors, autonomous cars are expected to generate approximately 4 terabytes of data every 90 minutes of operation. Most of this data will be processed, filtered, and analyzed in the car, while the most valuable data will be moved to the data center to update maps, enhance data models and more.

“Intel’s Autonomous Garage Labs work with customers and partners to come up with new ways of addressing the data challenge inside the vehicle, across the network and in the data center. Engineers at the labs use a variety of tools to advance and test in these areas, including vehicles equipped with Intel-based computing systems and different kinds of sensors that help gather data; autonomous test vehicles that practice real-world driving; partner vehicles and teams that are collaborating with Intel’s research efforts; and dedicated autonomous driving data centers.”

The news follows earlier reports about Intel acquiring the Israel-based self-driving vehicle tech pioneer Mobileye for $15 billion, and it seemingly represents another sign of the company’s expectation that the self-driving vehicle sector is approaching a boom period.

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