In order to bring autonomous cars in the coming years, Alphabet’s self-driving car program, Waymo, is partnering with Intel to use the company’s latest hardware related technologies.
The latest announcement came thanks to an official statement by the company as Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced that both of the companies will work closely to bring Level 4 and 5 autonomous driving in the real world conditions.
In case you didn’t know, Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans already feature Intel hardware for vehicle sensor data processing, general connectivity and computing tasks.
While we are still far from implementing fully autonomous driving technology in every car, the company expects that the technology will prevent the large number of accidents in the future when the technology is fully implemented. Krzanich note in the blog post, nearly 1.3 million people die in car crashes each year and with autonomous driving, human errors can be removed from the driving altogether which will result in significant decrease in accidents and deaths.
He said, “Given the pace at which autonomous driving is coming to life, I fully expect my children’s children will never have to drive a car. That’s an astounding thought. Something almost 90 percent of Americans do every day will end within a generation.”
While we might see mass produced self-driving cars in the coming years thanks to the collaboration of two companies, there are several problems with the technology in terms of regulations as the auto manufacturers will be required to meet the regulatory standards and insurance liability in case of self-driving cars.
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