BMW, Intel Developing Automated Driving Technologies To be Applied to Future Robot Cars
Tech giant Intel has teamed up with German automotive goliath BMW in order to develop automated driving technologies. The collaboration also includes Jerusalem-based collision avoidance software developer Mobileye, which has expertise in providing advanced sensors that allow vehicles to see the world around them.
The three firms will work towards developing the systems that will help make autonomous vehicles drive safely along major roads as well as in suburban and inner city areas. The partnership was announced following a fatal car crash involving a Tesla Model S, that is said have been contributed by self-driving technology.
According to BMW, the new computer and sensor systems will reduce human interaction while driving a car, ultimately leading to the production of vehicles that could operate without any people on board. This, BMW added, would make the long-distance delivery services possible that employ trucks operating entirely autonomous.
The trio was “convinced that automated driving technologies will make travel safer and easier.” Further, the results of the research will be made available to other car manufacturers to help standardize self-driving technologies.
As for Intel, the chip maker has already been working on in-car navigation and entertainment with Hyundai , Infiniti, and Kia. This deal is however a big win for Intel, as it will be at the forefront of autonomous development with one of the leaders in the auto industry.
The company will be able to expand beyond its current expertise, delivering the highly efficient compute engines that would fit in a car which otherwise require racks of servers in a datacenter.
BMW plans to demonstrate their early work which includes “highly automated driving” prototype this year. More extensive tests of this technology across other vehicles will be performed in 2017, with first robot cars expected to go into production by 2021.