Intel To Test Its Own Fleet of 100 Self-Driving Cars

Intel plans to roll out 100 almost fully automated “Level 4” self-driving cars for testing starting later this year.

They’ll be tested in the U.S., Israel, and Europe. The fleet will start small and scale up to 100 vehicles eventually.

That announcement follows the Tuesday closing of a $15.3 billion acquisition of Mobileye, which is expected to be providing some of the needed technology in the test fleet.

Intel won’t say what cars they’ll be using, but they’re likely to be BMW 7 series. The computer chip company has an alliance with BMW, Delphi, and Mobileye. The company previously said its first 40 autonomous vehicles used in public trial runs would be BMW 7 series.

Level 4 vehicles will have the capacity to be fully automated, with human drivers able to immediately take over as needed. Level 5 is fully autonomous.

Intel and Mobileye are developing a system that will have cameras, image-processing capabilities, microprocessors, and mapping technology. It will also have access to software capable of determining how to react to changing driving conditions, pedestrians, and other vehicles.

They’re open to selling the new kit to automakers beyond BMW once it rolls out in 2019. The goal is to have the system ready for automakers to start adding to their new vehicles by 2019.

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The companies say they hope to start contracting their self-driving kit to original equipment manufacturers (OEM) like Volvo and GM by 2019. The goal is to have a fully developed package available for automakers to start integrating into new vehicles by 2019.

Mobileye works with other automakers. The company provides cameras for several Audi vehicles, including the Q7, the A4 and A5 series, and the new Q5.

The Verge


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