Wanting to establish itself as a key player in the autonomous vehicles industry, Intel has made a $15.3 billion acquisition of an Israeli company, Mobileye. Both companies have had a history of working together on several BMW models and are aiming at putting 40 test vehicles on the road in the second half of this year.
Partnered with over 27 car companies, Mobileye will not only bring its technology expertise to Intel but also all of its relationships with car manufacturers including BMW and Audi amongst others. The co-founder of Mobileye, Prof. Amnon Shashua, will lead Intel’s autonomous mobility division in Israel. There has been a recent uprise of tech companies joining in the driverless vehicles race such as Nvidia with its chips.
With Google having a history of extensive research in this field, technology companies are racing to launch driverless cars and are collecting as much data as possible. For autonomous driving, data collection is the most important factor since it can be processed into useful information to allow features such as collision avoidance and other safety issues. It is estimated that by 2020, driverless cars might be generating about 4 terabytes of data per day that can be turned into useful information for constant improvement of the system.
Driverless vehicles might still have a long way to go and more data to collect but by merging tech companies and car makers’ expertise, this might be a reality sooner than we expected. Share your views on this issue in the comments section.
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