Intel makes inroads into self-driving car market

Delphi Automotive and Israel-based Mobileye will be using Intel’s System-on-a-Chip (SOC) solution for their joint production of a self-driving vehicle. Intel’s chips will also be at the heart of BMW’s autonomous vehicles.

In a development that is likely to be a revenue stream for Intel Corp, auto parts manufacturer, Delphi Automotive Plc and Mobileye NV, an Israeli technology firm, have both stated that their joint venture to produce self-driving cars will use Intel chips.

They will start placing the Intel chips by 2019, ergo, their joint-production of self0driving vehicles would have commenced by then.

Intel has also tied up with German luxury car manufacturer BMW AG. It has also separately entered into an agreement with Mobileye on self-driving technology. With these joint ventures, Intel aims to make significant inroads and translate its chip dominance into the burgeoning market of autonomous vehicles.

Most major tech companies, including Google, Tesla Motors Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc. are vying to put autonomous vehicles on U.S. roads, which could significantly reshape the transportation sector.

As per Glen De Vos, Delhi’s VP of Engineering, Intel will provide a “system on chip” (SOC) solution its autonomous vehicles, which will be jointly produced by Delphi and Mobileye.

De Vos went on to add, the company is engaging established auto manufacturers for developing a new/niche autonomous vehicle for companies.

The system developed by Delphi and Mobileye are likely to be deployed first in a commercial setting, such as an airport shuttle, or a ride hailing service, said De Vos.

Currently, Delhi is testing autonomous vehicles in Singapore. By the end of 2016, it plans on launching a fleet of self-driving cars in a select U.S. city, said De Vos. The company is also looking for a test site in the EU.

“We are looking at Pittsburgh and Boston and a couple of others,” said De Vos.

Incidentally, Pittsburgh is where Uber is also testing its own self-driving vehicles.

In January 2017, Delphi and Mobileye will showcase their self-driving vehicle at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, said De Vos. However, what will be showcased will be for the commercial autonomous vehicle market since it will be using a LIDAR system which is too expensive for use in commercial vehicles.

Delphi is also interested in the consumer self-driving market and has partnered with Quanergy Systems to this effect. Quanergy Systems manufactures solid-state LIDAR systems.

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