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.