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Published on September 19th, 2017 | by James Ayre


Intel & Waymo Collaborated On Compute Platform Design For Self-Driving Cars

September 19th, 2017 by  

Despite Intel’s recent acquisition of the self-driving tech pioneer Mobileye, the company is apparently still (or perhaps actually because of that) working with other firms on related projects.

A case in point, Intel apparently collaborated with Alphabet/Google’s Waymo on the development of the design of a self-driving vehicle compute platform for real-time data processing. The collaboration is ongoing.

Waymo CEO John Krafcik commented on the collaboration: “Intel’s technology supports the advanced processing inside our vehicles, with the ability to manufacture to meet Waymo’s needs at scale.”

Reuters provides more: “The world’s largest computer chipmaker said its Intel-based technologies for sensor processing, general compute and connectivity were used in the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans that Waymo has been using since 2015 to test its self-driving system.”

“… The announcement marked the first time Waymo, formerly Google’s autonomous program, has acknowledged a collaboration with a supplier. The company has done most of its development work in-house.

“Intel began supplying chips for then-Google’s autonomous program beginning in 2009, but that relationship grew into a deeper collaboration when Google began working with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to develop and install the company’s autonomous driving technology into the automaker’s minivans.”

It’s interesting to note here that Waymo isn’t using any tech created by Mobileye, but rather it created its own sensor tech in-house. Though, that’s not surprising considering how far back the collaboration with Intel goes and how recent the Mobileye acquisition is. Intel seems to have carved a spot in Waymo’s operations via its own sweat and tech, and that could result in big benefit since Waymo seems to be leading the self-driving vehicle tech sector in several regards.

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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