Intel plans to build and test 100 self-driving cars this year

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 11, 2017

The american giant of the computer chips Intel announced on Wednesday its intention to test a fleet of 100 autonomous cars, starting this year, thanks to the acquisition of the israeli company Mobileye, which specializes in collision warning systems.

"With Mobileye, Intel emerges as a leader in creating the technology foundation that the automotive industry needs for an autonomous future", said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich in a statement.

The fleet could be composed of more than 100 vehicles, he said.

"Building cars and testing them in real-world conditions provides immediate feedback and will accelerate delivery of technologies and solutions for highly and fully autonomous vehicles."

"Our goal is to develop autonomous vehicle technology that can be deployed anywhere".

This fleet of self driving cars will be equipped with latest technologies including mapping and sensing for which Mobileye has expertise in the market.

Intel, which has been expanding beyond its core of computer chipmaking, is keen for its technology to be an engine powering self-driving systems across the spectrum of vehicle makers.

Number of vehicle manufacturers and technology companies have focused their efforts in recent years on the development of cars without a driver and relying on software to avoid accidents.

Intel said the vehicles would offer "level 4" autonomy, which under industry standards represents a "high" level of autonomy just below the fully automated level 5. Apple has a testing permit in California.

U.S. auto rental giant Avis Budget earlier this year announced it will team up with Waymo on the self-driving cars being tested on Arizona roads.

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