Intel is accelerating the development of autonomous vehicles. It is focusing on research and development to keep up with global IT dinosaurs such as Apple and Google. Intel intends to commercialize fully autonomous vehicles by 2021.
Intel unveiled its Advanced Vehicle Lab, which was set up to extend the boundaries between unmanned vehicles and future transportation at the first autonomous driving workshop held in San Jose, CA on Tuesday, May 3rd.
Intel is paving the way for research and development by establishing a research center in Silicon Valley following Germany, Arizona, and Oregon. In March, the company acquired Mobileye, an autonomous vehicle camera manufacturer in Israel, for $15.3 billion.
“The Silicon Valley Institute has established itself to better understand and identify the various requirements associated with autonomous navigation and future transportation,” Intel said. “Research includes support for sensing, in-vehicle computing, artificial intelligence, connectivity, and cloud technologies and services.”
Intel, along with BMW, Delphi, and Ericsson, has launched an autonomous driving program. Intel and BMW are planning to test 40 autonomous cars on actual roads by the second half of this year.
The unveiled Intel and BMW autonomous vehicles are based on information collected through cameras and LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging), RADAR and other sensors. It is expected to produce about 4 TB (terabytes) of data every 90 minutes. “Processing, managing, storing, analyzing and understanding data is the biggest challenge the autonomous mobile industry faces,” Intel said.
Intel’s Autonomic Driving Institute will work with customers and partners to offer new ways to address data-related issues across vehicle networks and data centers. Computing systems and various types of sensors for data collection, autonomous driving vehicles capable of actual driving tests, and data centers dedicated to autonomous driving vehicles are used in the research.
“We believe that only Intel will be able to fully address the data challenges,” said Douglas Davis, senior vice president of Intel. “That’s why I postponed retirement.”