79% of accidents could be avoided
Intel has joined forces with BMW (onboard navigation systems), Hyundai (onboard information system on the Genesis range), Infiniti (InTouch infotainment system on the Q50 range), Kia and others to develop new technologies and new integrated functions for today’s vehicles and, more specifically, for the vehicles of tomorrow. Plenty of vehicle manufacturers have embarqued in a race to find the best solutions, usually with the support of Internet leaders like Apple, Google and Microsoft.
According to an Intel study, by 2020 there will be 152 million connected vehicles on the roads but, more importantly, 79% of accidents could be avoided through the use of intelligent connected vehicle systems.
As part of Intel’s initiatives, a whole range of products (Intel In-Vehicle Solutions or IVI for short) is set to be announced that will introduce connected functions to vehicles but also potentially control them. This idea follows on from the example set by the Google Self-Driving project, to name but one.
For example, the IVI modules are based on Intel Atom E3800 family SoCs, with Linux kernels for maximum developer and manufacturer accessibility. However, developing equipment and software isn’t enough, Intel is also interested in all things safety-related and the implications of integrating all these technologies in vehicles that will eventually transport millions of travelers.
Research initiatives therefore include LEAM (Local Experience of Automobility), which encompasses extensive studies on drivers’ manners that take country-specific behavior into account, as well as a Personal Vehicle Experience project. This modular environment enables new solutions to be tested quickly, thereby reducing development time by up to 50%. Finally, the “Secure My Connected Car” project focuses on safety features for future autonomous vehicles: an essential consideration as these vehicles will be responsible for the safety and well-being of millions of passengers.
In 2012, Intel established a 100 million dollar investment fund in the field of connected automotive technology, having recently invested in the Japanese company ZMP Inc., which unveiled an autonomous robot car as early as 2011. With over ten years’ experience specializing in connected automobile systems, this firm is working on an autonomous vehicle driving system that uses sensors, radars and cameras to analyze the urban environment.