Intel works with Waymo to build self-driving cars you can sleep inside

Intel works with Waymo to build self-driving cars you can sleep inside

The Intel-Waymo collaboration could produce cars automated to Level 4 and 5: which means you can snooze on the road.

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Waymo-Intel Waymo and Intel are working closely together to push the field of self-driving cars into full autonomy. So says Intel which is providing the processors inside Waymo's latest car — and potentially those in the future. The chipmaker believes that Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous cars are possible, and soon, expecting that "...almost 90 percent of Americans do every day will end within a generation," says Intel's CEO Brian Krzanich in a release.

Waymo is formerly Google's self-driving car project that spun out on its own at the end of 2016. Waymo says its used engineers in-house to build its computing power for cars including its self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans. But Intel's processing power can help Waymo's cars do a bit more than they can do now.

Autonomous cars are rated by levels: Level 0 means a car has absolutely no automation and a human completely controls the car. Level five is complete automation: A driver may be present but basically they're just a passenger with the car, or computer, taking over the steering, accelerating, braking, monitoring and even the fail-safe scenario.

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