Intel partnership with Delphi marks next step towards autonomous cars

The technology initiative aims to bring self-driving cars to the roads by 2021

Key Takeaways

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    Delphi* is joining Intel, The BMW Group*, and Mobileye* as a development partner on its autonomous driving technology

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    The partnership will produce technology that can be used by different car manufacturers to build their own autonomous vehicles

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    A fleet of 40 test cars will be launched by the end of 2017

Autonomous vehicles are set to transform the future of transportation, not only by cutting travel costs, but also by reducing congestion in the world’s most densely populated cities and practically eliminating road accidents.

That’s why Delphi* is joining Intel on its journey to bring autonomous cars to the road by 2021. The automotive tech firm will team up with The BMW Group*, Intel and Mobileye* as a development partner for their State-of-the-Art autonomous driving platform.

Delphi will concentrate on scaling and integrating the technology, to enable car makers to design their own vehicles based on the system. The firm may also provide vital hardware such as sensors. The autonomous driving technology will be rolled out to multiple carmakers, and potentially to other industries in future. 

“Adding Delphi as an integration partner will help to accelerate the introduction of autonomous cars on the streets from multiple carmakers and offer differentiation to customers”

Intel’s initial partnership with The BMW Group and Mobileye was announced In July 2016 with the aim of making self-driving cars a reality by 2021. The project is on track to roll out 40 test cars by the end of the year. “The partnership between BMW, Intel and Mobileye continues to break new ground in the auto industry,” says Intel CEO Brian Krzanich.

“In less than one year, the joint teams have made substantial progress to deliver a scalable platform for autonomous driving and are on path to deliver 40 pilot cars in second half of this year. Adding Delphi as an integration partner will help to accelerate the introduction of autonomous cars on the streets from multiple carmakers and offer differentiation to customers.”

The consortium will also be adding additional development partners to its roadmap in future: “This is a great opportunity for Delphi to use its technical depth and experience with automated driving and electrical architecture to help the co-operation develop and deploy at scale. Our close working relationship with all three partners serves as a solid foundation for success,” said Kevin Clark, President and CEO of Delphi.

The success of autonomous cars will rely heavily on there being a suitable infrastructure to support it, including sufficient data centres and a move to high-speed 5G connectivity.

“We really see 5G as the glue that brings it all together,” says Prakash Kartha, Director, Market Development at Intel. “Intel is very conscious of the fact that you can’t do this all alone. That’s one of the reasons why we’re part of a bigger consortium of companies that form the 5G Automotive Alliance (5GAA) – BMW, Audi*, Daimler*, Ericsson*, Huawei*, Nokia*, Qualcomm* and Intel. We see 5GAA as an accelerator for cellular V2X (vehicle to everything) moving forward.”

Intel boss Krzanich has previously talked about the importance of data to the success of autonomous vehicles, calling it “literally the new oil” at the Automobility LA* conference in 2016. Just as oil has been enabling the automotive technology for decades, data is the driving force behind autonomous cars, from mapping technology to in-car sensors and monitoring systems.

Bringing a long history of integrating complex systems to Intel’s State-of-the-Art autonomous driving platform, Delphi will help the next generation of vehicles hit the road in the coming years.

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