Intel has revealed that it has been working with Waymo since 2009 when it had started as Google’s self-driving project. “With 3 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 ” Intel CEO Brian Krzanich wrote in a blog post.
This has been acknowledged first time by any of the companies. Waymo’s newest vehicles, the self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans also feature Intel-based technologies for sensor processing, general compute and connectivity, enabling real-time decisions for full autonomy in city conditions, according to Krzanich’s post.
As Waymo’s self-driving technology becomes smarter and more capable, its high-performance hardware and software will require even more powerful and efficient computing. By working closely with Waymo, Intel can offer Waymo’s fleet of vehicles the advanced processing power required for level 4 and 5 autonomy, explains Krzanich in the post.
Intel with the acquisition of autonomous vision company Mobileye has emerged as a very significant player in the autonomous car industry. It has earlier announced that it aims to build a fleet of fully autonomous (level 4 SAE) vehicles for testing to be deployed later this year. It is working with BMW, Continental, Delphi, FCA for developing autonomous driving platform. It also has formed a consortium with Denso, Ericsson, NTT, Toyota to work on automotive big data. Now the acknowledgment of its working with Waymo will only add to its credibility and give it a perceptual edge over its competitors like Qualcomm, Nvidia etc.