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Chip giant Intel made a slew of announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show CES in Las Vegas earlier this week regarding its autonomous car technology project.
The company is working on the underlying technologies including processors, sensors, and software algorithms needed for cars to drive themselves.
Intel announced a new partnership to supply its computing and camera-based systems to Chinese auto giant SAIC Motors. The two companies are also working with mapping and navigation service provider Navinfo to build localized maps that include data on potholes, road closings, weather, and other potential obstacles to help the cars navigate the often-congested Chinese streets. However, the partners haven't specified a clear path to deploy these vehicles in a ride-hailing capacity the way fully autonomous vehicles will first take to the streets and would likely need to partner with a mobility firm to launch a commercial service in a market where Didi Chuxing has assumed the dominant position. It's possible that Intel and SAIC are simply weighing their options before making a call closer to when they start mass production of the cars.
Dan Galves, the chief communications officer of the chip giant's Mobileye division, which it acquired last March, told TechCrunch that it has designed systems capable of "Level 2 " autonomy. Level 2 autonomy refers to when at least one driver assistance system, such as cruise control or lane changing, is automated, according to SAE, an international auto industry standards body. Galves said the systems Intel and Mobileye developed can drive in stop-and-go traffic on busy highways, making them more advanced than Level 2 but not advanced enough to be considered Level 3, where the car can drive itself in nearly all circumstances. Galves compared these cars' systems to Nissan's ProPILOT or GM's SuperCruise system. While he emphasized that the systems are only a step toward developing fully autonomous driving solutions, this nonetheless shows the company is well on its way to reaching that goal.
Intel said Mobileye will gather data from about 2 million cars in unspecified geographies to collect data for high-definition maps, according to TechCrunch. These cars will be equipped with sensors and cameras located on various parts of the vehicles, and capture images of both the roads and their surrounding areas. Highly detailed maps are critical to autonomous cars, as they allow computing systems to combine data from the vehicles' sensors and cameras to create an accurate visualization of the world around the car. The images and video that these vehicles capture will be added directly to Intel s Mobileye-powered automated driver assist platform.
The news that Intel is deploying cars to build advanced maps and has reached a new level of autonomy shows the company is looking to make its offerings more attractive to potential partners and clients ahead of their commercial launch.
Intel already has an agreement in place with Alphabet's Waymo and is part of a multi-pronged consortium with BMW, Fiat-Chrysler, and auto supplier Aptiv, and these improvements could be a method to attract even more partners. Moreover, the SAIC partnership gives Intel a pathway into the massive Chinese mobility market, which Strategy& projects will be worth 564 billion in 2030, even if the chip giant hasn't finalized a strategy for deploying vehicles with its systems in them.
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