The technology is getting closer to us than we can imagine. Through the efforts of research labs funded by top technology companies, the technology for self-driving cars is getting closer to becoming a reality.
From the onset of man’s decision to remove the driving decision-making process from humans and put it in the hands of computer technology, Intel has been a major player. They have provided funding for research labs in the US. They have also been working closely on chip technology through a partnership with the BMW automaker in Germany.
In recent months, prototype self-driving cars have been seen in a testing environment. The task at hand for technology experts like Intel is to come up with a way for car computers to process terabytes of data in order to make the safest driving decisions. To bring everything together, it’s going to require the use of cameras, radar, sonar, GPS, and LIDAR, all connected to on-board computing systems.
This past November, Intel upped the ante on autonomous driving technology by pledging to spend an additional $250 million on top of what the company has already invested. Projections call for the money to be spent over the next two years. Last year in July, Intel, BMW, and Mobileye jointly announced they plan to introduce the first Autonomous Driving Vehicle for consumers by 2021.
According to a blog written by Doug Davis, general manager of Intel’s Automated Driving Solutions Group, ““The faster we can deliver autonomous driving technology and take humans out of the driver’s seat, the faster we can save lives.” Davis later wrote. “It’s that simple—and that important. And I am confident Intel will not only succeed in helping our partners put self-driving cars on the roads, we will do so in the fastest, smartest way possible.”