IIntel and Google’s driverless car unit Waymo are to collaborate on developing the computer power necessary for driverless cars.
The computational power required for driverless cars is in the order if hundreds of TFLOPS, according to Stan Boland head of UK driverless start up FiveAI.
The Intel/Waymo collaboration is the latest in a long line of tie-ups between companies for driverless technology.
Fiat/BMW/Intel; Fiat/Waymo; Toyota/Intel/Ericsson/DoCoMo; Toyota/Mazda; Audi/BMW/Daimler/HERE; Daimler/Uber; Ford/NuTonomy; Volvo/Uber; Lyft/GM; Lyft/Didi Chuxing/Uber/Apple; VW/GETT; Nissan/NASA, Tencent/Guangzhou Auto and other Chinese auto consortia.
” Nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes worldwide every year – an average 3,287 deaths a day,” says Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, “nearly 90 percent of those collisions are caused by human error.”
“Self-driving technology can help prevent these errors by giving autonomous vehicles the capacity to learn from the collective experience of millions of cars – avoiding the mistakes of others and creating a safer driving environment,” says Krzanich.
Computers are needed to handle sensor processing, general compute and connectivity and enabling real-time decisions for full autonomy in city conditions.