Intel wants a piece of the autonomous car pie as well. After confirming that it has officially closed the acquisition of auto-visual company Mobileye, Intel has announced that it’s developing a fleet of 100 Level 4 fully autonomous cars which will be tested in the United States, Europe, and Israel. The very first Level 4 cars from this fleet will take to the roads for various tests later this year.
This is obviously going to be a costly endeavor. Intel has previously said that it’s going to spend more than $250 million over the next two years to develop autonomous cars.
Level 4 autonomy means that the cars will be able to take care of themselves in most driving situations. It’s a step down from Level 5 autonomy which covers complete automation in any and all conditions, but Level 4 itself will be a significant step forward.
Intel is obviously going to provide the chips and other components required to get the self-driving functions to work. It’s not a car manufacturer, though, so it’s going to have to work with another company to develop this fleet.
Intel has a partnership with BMW while Mobileye has previously worked with Audi. Intel is yet to confirm which car manufacturer is going to build its new self-driving cars.
The company is planning to get its self-driving car kit ready by 2019 so that it can start contracting it to car manufacturers who can build it inside their cars and provide advanced autonomous driving features to the masses.