Intel today announced a new partnership with Alphabet’s self-driving car division Waymo. For those who are unaware, Alphabet is the parent company of Google and several former Google subsidiaries. The two will work on solutions that enable Level 4 and Level 5 autonomy. That means the tech they create will enable cars to essentially drive themselves in almost all conditions.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich wrote in a post that Waymo’s latest self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans are equipped with Intel-based technologies for sensor processing, general compute and connectivity. They enable real-time decisions for full autonomy in city conditions.
Intel has made no secret of the fact that it wants to be a force to be reckoned with in the self-driving market. It announced a $15.3 billion acquisition of auto visual company Mobileye in March last year. Intel also said recently that it’s planning to build its own fleet of Level 4 fully autonomous cars that will be tested in the United States, Europe, and Israel where Mobileye is based.
Waymo’s self-driving technology is becoming smarter and more capable. That means it requires more powerful and efficient computing power. Intel is well equipped to provide that kind of computing power.
Intel says that by working closely with Waymo, it can offer its fleet of vehicles the advanced processing power that they require for Level 4 and 5 autonomy.