Intel Corp. announced an alliance with Google’s parent company Alphabet’s self-driving car units, Waymo on Monday, Sep 18, 2017. The world leading chipmaker stated that it had worked with Waymo earlier on its computer platform design to enable autonomous cars for the processing of information in the real time. Intel-based sensor processing technologies as well as technologies for connectivity and general computation were utilized in Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans that have been used by Waymo since 2015 for testing its self-driving system. Brian Krzanich, the Chief Executive at Intel, told Reuters that the company has created a customized piece if silicon, which fits the requirements of Waymo’s sensor fusion and has tapped the processing power of Intel.
“Over time both the firms will learn to expand the horizons of the software, down onto silicon, as one gets cost, performance, and power. There will be a continual tempo of innovation and the new silicon that is released, which is actually what both of them gain from this,” he added.
Intel had recently announced the acquisition of Mobileye, an autonomous vision company for US$15 bn. Now the chipmaker is pushing to venture into autonomous vehicles, a highly dynamic and fast-growing industry, across a wide range of business models. According to a number of industry experts, the collaboration of Intel with Waymo, will bring it at the forefront of autonomous technology business segment. This self-driving unit of Google has acknowledged the alliance with a supplier for the first time.