Intel Corporation, BMW & Mobileye announces partnership for developing self-driving cars.
Self-driving cars are now no longer works of fiction thanks to the increased interest in self driving cars in the automobile industry. The first steps to develop self-driving automobile technology was taken by DARPA(US Defence Agency). They conducted a self-driving car challenge named DARPA Urban challenge to tap into the potential of autonomous car technologies. Reputed American Universities & companies were allowed to modify cars & embed self-driving capabilites to it.
Now the great news has come that Intel & BMW along with Mobileye, a car sensor & embedded processor manufacturer will be partnering to develop smarter self driving cars by the year 2021. Self-driving cars are now more of a prototype than a consumer oriented version & it’ll be a while for you to see this on your road.
The future of automated driving promises to change lives and societies for the better. But the path to get to a fully autonomous world is complex and will require end-to-end solutions that integrate intelligence across the network.
Intel,IBM & Mobileye representatives agreed to work on a common architecture for developing self driving automobile tech. On the stage, BMW also showcased a reference model, which is said to be named BMW iNEXT & is fitted with the combined technologies offered by Intel & Mobileye.
On July 1, 2016, the three partners were present at the BMW Group Headquarters in Munich to express their commitment to strive for an industry standard and define an open platform for autonomous driving.
According to autonomous car experts, there are 5 levels of autonomy for a car. They include:
- The Level 3: Driver can take his hands off the steering wheel & eyes off the road.
- The Level 4: Driver can be in a leisure mood & doesn’t need to feel that he’s on the road.
- The Level 5: The most advanced level & most difficult too. Here, unlike the previous levels the driver is physically absent & the driver seat is unoccupied.
This establishes the opportunity for self-driving fleets by 2021 and lays the foundation for entirely new business models in a connected, mobile world.
Apparently, the reference model was powered by an Intel Atom Chipset. But its a challenge for the trio since a large amount of visual & sensor data needs to be processed within microseconds-it’s built for running on road, right?The vast amount of data has to be interpreted in a limited time & decisions have to be made on when to turn,change lanes,switch on headlight & other in-car functionalities.
Here’s what the representatives of each one of the companies had to say:
“Today marks an important milestone for the automotive industry as we enter a world of new mobility. Together with BMW Group and Intel, Mobileye is laying the groundwork for the technology of future mobility that enables fully autonomous driving to become a reality within the next few years,Mobileye is proud to contribute our expertise in sensing, localization, and driver policy to enable fully autonomous driving in this cooperation. The processing of sensing, like our capabilities to understand the driving scene through a single camera already, will be deployed on Mobileye’s latest system-on-chip, the EyeQ®5, and the collaborative development of fusion algorithms will be deployed on Intel computing platforms. In addition, Mobileye Road Experience Management (REM) technology will provide real-time precise localization and model the driving scene to essentially support fully autonomous driving.”
–Amnon Shashua, Mobileye Chairman & Co-founder
and from Intel, CEO Brian Krzanich spoke about:
“Highly autonomous cars and everything they connect to will require powerful and reliable electronic brains to make them smart enough to navigate traffic and avoid accidents & the partnership between BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye will help us to quickly deliver on our vision to reinvent the driving experience. We bring a broad set of in-vehicle and cloud computing, connectivity, safety and security, and machine-learning assets to this collaboration enabling a truly end to end solution.”
As a final note I’d like to quote Harald Kruger, Chairman of Board of Management of BMW said about this partnership:
“At the BMW Group we always strive for technological leadership. This partnership underscores our Strategy Number ONE > NEXT to shape the individual mobility of the future.Following our investment in high definition live map technology at HERE, the combined expertise of Intel, Mobileye and the BMW Group will deliver the next core building block to bring fully automated driving technology to the street. We have already showcased such groundbreaking solutions in our VISION NEXT 100 vehicle concepts. With this technological leap forward, we are offering our customers a whole new level of sheer driving pleasure whilst pioneering new concepts for premium mobility.”
Lets hope that they come up with intuitive technologies that can further develop the future of self-driving cars, & who knows- someday self-driving cars may replace human drivers completely.