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Intel and Alphabet's Waymo collaborate on self-driving car

Intel Corp. and Alphabet's Waymo on Monday announced a collaboration to design self-driving computer. They say it has been working together to design a platform that allows vehicles to process information in real time. Intel-based technology used on Chrysler Pacifica minivans has been used by Waymo since 2015 to test autonomous vehicles.

Tinuku Intel and Alphabet's Waymo collaborate on self-driving car

"Over time we will both learn to bring more software, there will be a regular rhythm of new innovations and new silicon coming out, that's what we get," said Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich.

Intel is determined to develop autonomous vehicles in various business models. Analysts say the collaboration with Waymo is becoming the frontline of autonomous technology and adding to the portfolio. The announcement also marked the first time Waymo undertook a collaboration with suppliers.

Intel began supplying chips for autonomous car programs in 2009, but the relationship evolved into deeper collaboration when Google began working with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to develop and install software on minivans that begin testing by the end of 2016.

Waymo has developed its own sensor and does not use systems created by Mobileye and Intel allied with BMW and Fiat-Chrysler. Waymo's CEO, John Krafcik, said rapid processing is vital to the performance of autonomous vehicles.

"Intel's technology supports advanced processing on our vehicles and allows it to produce and meet the needs of Waymo on a large scale," Krafcik said.

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