In­tel to power new Audi au­ton­o­mous car sys­tems

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IN­TEL HAS AN­NOUNCED that its pro­cess­ing power will form part of the au­ton­o­mous driv­ing ve­hi­cle, the 2018 Audi A8. Audi will use In­tel tech­nol­ogy cre­ated by In­tel’s spe­cialised Pro­gram­mable So­lu­tions Group (PSG).

“If you look across all th­ese dif­fer­ent so­lu­tions you’ve got the FPGA (field-pro­gram­mable gate ar­ray)… and the op­er­at­ing sys­tem. So a lot of In­tel con­tent is in the world’s first Level 3 au­ton­o­mous driv­ing sys­tem,” said Michael Hen­dricks, au­to­mo­tive di­rec­tor for PSG. Much of the PSG tech­nol­ogy came to In­tel from its ac­qui­si­tion of Al­tera Sys­tems in 2015, and some of it comes from Wind River, which is an­other In­tel com­pany. This is prob­a­bly the key part of the whole sys­tem, be­cause as In­tel ex­plained, “it sup­plies the VxWorks op­er­at­ing sys­tem for the highly scal­able, safety-re­lated elec­tronic con­trol unit… and mon­i­tors the safety of crit­i­cal ap­pli­ca­tions”. Hen­dricks added that Al­tera tech­nol­ogy would deal with ob­jects, park­ing and pre-crash pro­cess­ing.

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