IDF 2016 3rd day devoted for autonomous driving

Intel shared its autonomous driving vision on the third day of its Developer Conference 2016.

Intel’s Doug Davis, senior vice president and general manager of the Internet of Things Group explained business opportunity and the company’s vision on autonomous driving.

The processor-maker said 120 million vehicles with varying degrees of automation will be on roads by 2030.

According to a Morgan Stanley Blue Paper, “Autonomous Cars: The Future Is Now,” and HIS, autonomous vehicles could realize $1.3 trillion in savings for the U.S. economy, $507 billion gained in productivity, $488 billion in accident cost reductions and $138 billion in productivity savings from reduced congestion.

At the event, Intel indicated that it is positioned to deliver the broadest set of assets for autonomous driving.

Intel also announced a new customer relationship with Baidu, China’s dominant search provider. Both will evaluate and develop new computing technologies in the vehicle and the data center for autonomous driving that will extend a vehicle’s capability to avoid collisions and make passengers safer.

Further, Intel illustrated its portfolio of power-efficient silicon, global partnerships with telecom and automotive leaders to deliver integrated 5G prototype solutions.

Day three also included something for the first time: the Intel SoC FPGA Developer Forum, a one-day, co-located event focused on the Programmable Solutions Group – formerly known as Altera – and its SoC FPGA technology.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said Intel’s growth strategy is fueled by the virtuous cycle of growth.  He noted that in a smart and connected world, all the “things” are able to be captured as a piece of data, measured in real time, and be accessible from anywhere.

Technology today, as Brian said, continues to “erase the boundary between the digital and physical worlds” as is evident with the rise of technologies such as virtual reality and artificial intelligence.

Intel’s strategy to enable this smart and connected world reaches all the way from the sensors and actuators to the cloud. And FPGAs and SoC FPGAs will play a central role in enabling this world.

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