On Monday Intel announced that it is expanding its relationship with Google self-driving affiliate Waymo in the development of self-driving cars.
Google started working on autonomous program since 2009, and Intel was supplying the company with chips for that, but that association grew into a deeper collaboration when Google started working with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to develop and install the company’s autonomous-driving technology into the automaker’s minivans.
John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo, expressed his views about this new collaboration: “Intel’s technology supports the advanced processing inside our vehicles, with the ability to manufacture to meet Waymo’s needs at scale.”
Chrysler Pacifica minivans, which are self-driving minivans of Waymo, have Intel-produced technology like connectivity and sensor data processing, and they also run successfully on public roads in Arizona and California. This recent collaboration aims at driving this self-driving car in any condition without human intervention.
“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,” Intel CEO Brian Krzanich wrote in a post today.
“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.”
“With three million miles of real-world driving, Waymo cars with Intel technology inside have already processed more self-driving car miles than any other autonomous fleet on U.S. roads,” Krzanich also said in the post.
As we know, there is only Tesla in the self-driving market, and very few companies are embarking on the quest to produce fully autonomous vehicles alone. So the thing is that this is all about safety, right? “Nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes worldwide every year – an average 3,287 deaths a day,” Krzanich warned in his post. “Self-driving technology can help prevent these errors by giving autonomous vehicles the capacity to learn from the collective experience of millions of cars avoiding the mistakes of others and creating a safer driving environment.”