At the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, BMW, Intel, and Mobileye announced their plans to have at least 40 self-driving cars on the road by the second half of 2017.
The partnership between the three companies was first announced in July 2016. At that time, the three companies had just started to develop a common platform for the new BMW 7-series vehicles.
What are the three companies bringing to the table?
An ADAS system relies on a number of sensors for visual input, including high-resolution cameras, radars and LiDARs. Mobileye’s EyeQ5 SoC system will be used as the 360 degree input sensor system. EyeQ5 has been built to meet a wide range of computer-vision, signal-processing, and machine learning tasks, including deep neural networks.
Intel’s IntelGo system will offer the processing power needed for an ADAS system to make split-second decisions. The IntelGo platform is composed of several state-of-the-art Intel technologies. The hardware consists of an Intel Xeon processor, an Intel Arria 10 FPGA, Intel Solid State Drive, and Intel’s own deep neural network center, Nervana.
BMW is responsible for integrating these technologies into their new 7-series vehicles. BMW is responsible for making sure the systems works in harmony, evaluating prototype builds, and eventually rolling out the system for the next series of BMW cars.
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