Monday July 04, 2016

Brian Krzanich: The Future of Autonomous Driving Starts Today

Intel is a company that powers the cloud and the billions of smart, connected computing devices that connect to it. As we continue our transformation to focus more deeply on the virtuous cycle that has emerged آ— the cloud and data center, the Internet of Things, accelerators like memory and FPGAs, all bound together by connectivity and enhanced by the economics of Moore’s Law آ— we are seeing more and more experiences that can be transformed by our technology. The Internet of Things is a collection of smart devices that are connected to the cloud. That connection to the cloud means that everything a "thing" does can be captured as a piece of data, measured in real-time and be accessible from everywhere. These connected things are becoming ubiquitous, transforming every experience in our lives. "Things" can be as small and simple as a connected watch or a smartphone. Or they can be as large and complex as a car.

The driving experience is perfectly positioned for the next wave of technological innovation. Today, driving can be frustrating: Think of the last time you were stuck in a traffic jam or lost on your way to a destination. Driving can also be dangerous. Every year, more than 30,000 people in the U.S. die from preventable automobile accidents. More than 90 percent of all auto accidents are caused by human error. An EU study reports that distracted and drowsy driving are responsible for 13 percent of traffic deaths each year. These frustrations and dangers make the driving experience ripe for disruption and innovation. Today is an important step in bringing our vision to reinvent the driving experience. To make this vision a reality, cars آ— and everything they connect to آ— will need super-powerful, secure and reliable electronic brains that make them smart enough to act like human drivers.

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