It hasn’t been long since automakers, their component makers and technology companies all around the world entered “crazy” mode in terms of speeding up the developments in the autonomous field.
So, it comes a little bit as a surprise to find out that allegedly two major companies – Intel and Google – have been collaborating to mix their know-how in order to rapidly develop autonomous driving systems. That’s not the surprising part – it’s the length of their partnership, which allegedly started eight years ago. According to a recent report, the two technology giants have been working together on technology to make self-driving cars a reality for a full eight years, which is in part explain why Waymo – the Alphabet Inc. subsidiary that stemmed from Google’s autonomous driving project – is so far ahead of many rivals.
Waymo currently has the biggest autonomous testing fleet in the world – 600 prototype vehicles undergoing trials in America, and according to Waymo chief executive John Krafcik this is actually just the very beginning: “As Waymo’s self-driving technology becomes smarter and more capable, its high-performance hardware and software will require even more powerful and efficient compute. By working closely with Waymo, Intel can offer Waymo’s fleet of vehicles the advanced processing power required for Level 4 and 5 autonomy.” Intel hit the headlines with the humongous purchase worth $15 billion of Mobileye, as well as its partnership with BMW, Mobileye, Delphi and FCA.
Via Car and Driver