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Intel and Waymo expand their self-driving-car collaboration

Intel says it will take on a more collaborative role with Waymo's new self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans.
(Paul Sancya / Associated Press)

Intel Corp. says it is expanding its relationship with Google spinoff Waymo in the development of self-driving cars.

The world’s largest computer chipmaker said Monday that it will take on a more collaborative role with Waymo’s new self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans. Intel will continue to supply technology for the autonomous driving project.

For the record:

12:08 AM, Jun. 01, 2019An earlier version of this story had an incorrect spelling for the chief executive of Intel. It’s Brian Krzanich, not Bryan.

Waymo’s Chrysler Pacifica fleet is fitted with Intel technology for sensor processing, general computing and connectivity. “As Waymo’s self-driving technology becomes smarter and more capable, its high performance hardware and software will require even more powerful and efficient compute,” Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich said in a statement.

No financial details of the deal between Intel and Waymo were announced.

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Waymo spun off from Google late last year and is an independent company still owned by Google parent Alphabet Inc.

Intel, based in Santa Clara, recently acquired Israel’s Mobileye, a vision-processing specialist that pairs onboard cameras with specialized computer chips to identify outside self-driving vehicles. The data guide the car through its current environment and can be evaluated later to help improve driverless systems.

BMW, Intel and Mobileye announced an autonomous vehicle partnership last year.

Intel’s growth has suffered as desktop and laptop computer sales appear to have peaked. It has been expanding its automobile, artificial intelligence and other segments that promise rapid growth.


UPDATES:

2:35 p.m.: This article was updated with additional background about Intel.

This article was originally published at 11:40 a.m.


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