Intel promises a fleet of 100 autonomous cars this year

Intel to build over 100 self-driving test vehicles following acquisition of Mobileye

Intel has been making noises about self-driving auto technology for a little while now, but they are stepping up their involvement after the completion of their purchase of the Israeli self-driving sensor and computing company Mobileye.

In the aftermath of the closing of the transaction in the amount of $ 15 billion, Intel announced that it would test these cars that are fully autonomous in Europe, Israel and the United States.

The company will team up with its parent company's Automated Driving Group (ADG) in order to develop 100 self-driving vehicles as part of a test. These cars will also be rated as "level 4" according to the NHTSA classification of autonomous vehicles.

Intel will be using different brands and vehicle types for its tests to help demonstrate the "agnostic nature" of this technology.

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The first of these cars are set to hit the roads later this year in Arizona, where self-driving vehicle testing is popular. As Intel puts it, "geographic diversity is very important as different regions have very diverse driving styles as well as different road conditions and signage". BMW, Nissan, and Volkswagen vehicles are likely test mules, because those carmakers already have a relationship with Mobileye.

KitGuru Says: Autonomous vehicle technology seems to be the big thing companies are chasing after these days.

The company's business consists of computer vision and machine learning, data analysis, localization, as well as mapping for advanced driver assistance systems, plus self-driving technology. We want to enable automakers to deliver driverless cars faster while reducing costs; data we collect will save our customers significant costs'.

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