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Old 12th July 2016, 15:08   #1
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Default BMW, Intel and Mobileye to develop fully-autonomous cars

BMW has been developing autonomous car tech for the past several years, most of which can now be seen on the current-gen 7-series sedan. But now, the German automotive marque has decided to develop a fully-autonomous vehicle, which will be introduced by the year 2021. In order to achieve this goal, BMW has joined hands with the artificial intelligence and IT service provider - Intel, and an autonomous monitoring system development company - Mobileye.

BMW has chalked out a multi-stage plan in the journey to develop a fully-autonomous vehicle. The automaker, along with Intel and Mobileye, will be working on different levels of vehicular automation. Under Level 3, the driver would be able to give the driving control to the car in certain situations, like while driving on the highways. Level 4 will include the car taking control in extreme weather conditions, while Level 5 will handle all autonomous functions, which include drop-off, pick-up and self-parking capabilities without any driver intervention.

BMW plans to earn most of their revenue by offering rides in these autonomous vehicles, rather than selling the cars to individuals. The company also hopes to establish an open platform for the autonomous vehicle technology, so that other manufacturers can use BMW's learnings and technologies to build their own cars.

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Default Re: BMW, Intel and Mobileye to develop fully-autonomous cars

Its an intersting trio, albeit not surprising since all the three tech giants have a similar approach towards solving/approaching DL car algorithms.
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In a recent talk, Dr.Amnon Sashua(CTO, Mobileye) refuted the effectiveness of the **end to end learning approach towards deep neural nets which is adopted by comma.ai and Nvidia, interestingly even the AI community countered Mobileye's claim and methodology, suggesting that they had a lot of investment in its old-tech and they have to justify it**.
Moreover, they are still adamant about their approach, and that can be seen with their partnership with Intel.
Intel has no perceivable muscle(thousand cores per chip) required for running huge DL algorithms, its NVIDIA and AMD(AMD is the Fiat India of DL cars, they don't recognize their potential or are foolishly indifferent), but maybe they have a stealth multi core project, which is again highly unlikely.
So Intel and Mobileye believes in running distributed algorithms on distributed chip(less cores), so they are together and BMW was looking for a partner, hence they might've all converged.
Its good to have different approaches in the DL car R&D ecosystem, its like having diverse flavours and the most effective will survive. So it is Honda-Daimler-Tesla(probably Google/Uber as well) anchored with NVIDIA, BMW with Mobileye/Intel, Qualcomm and AMD has no official announcements.
From a technical standpoint, Nvidia and its allies are looking promising, with others lagging behind terribly and are being overly optimistic to catch up, which is good in a way for consumers thanks to the competition.
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