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Intel’s Autonomous Driving Ambitions

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich attended a different kind of conference this week- the  LA Auto Show’s AutoMobility conference. There, he announced that Intel Capital is targeting more than $250 million of additional new investments over the next two years to make fully autonomous driving a reality. His keynote is quite interesting- you can read it on the Intel website here.  He focused a lot on data- and the vast amount of it that will be generated by fully autonomous cars of the future.. “In an autonomous car, we have to factor in cameras, radar, sonar, GPS and LIDAR – components as essential to this new way of driving as pistons, rings and engine blocks. Cameras will generate 20-60 MB/s, radar upwards of 10 kB/s, sonar 10-100 kB/s, GPS will run at 50 kB/s, and LIDAR will range between 10-70 MB/s. Run those numbers, and each autonomous vehicle will be generating approximately 4,000 GB – or 4 terabytes – of data a day.”

I really like the infographic he used.

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I’m sure it’s just a co-incidence, but he includes LIDAR in the range of sensors to be found on the car of the future. As far as we know, Google is currently the only company that’s using LIDAR for autonomous driving (they are after all very expensive & bulky). Perhaps after the unfortunate Tesla fatality earlier this year, the industry is reconsidering its options?

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