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Waymo and Intel's self-driving van can make its own decisions

Waymo have partnered with Intel to allow their self-driving vehicles to make their own decisions.

The autonomous car development company are using Intel chips in the vehicles that allow the car or van to "see 360 degrees" as well as track moving objects and detect smaller things such as a cyclist's hand signal.

Writing on their website, Waymo shared: "Waymo's self-driving vehicles can see 360 degrees, track thousands of moving objects simultaneously, and detect the subtle nuances of the road  -  like a cyclist's hand signal. This kind of real-time understanding of the world requires not just advanced sensors and software, but a high-performance specialized computer to match.

"Like our LiDAR, radar and vision systems, Waymo's compute platform on our self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivan is designed entirely in-house by Waymo engineers. By developing our own compute, our engineers can carefully select the components that are best suited for fully self-driving technology. Take, for example, our work with Intel. Waymo has been using Intel products since 2009. For our latest vehicle, our engineers worked with Intel from the design stage to integrate some of Intel's most-advanced processors and other technology into our own platform.

"Our self-driving Pacifica minivans are now the most advanced cars on the road today. By working closely with partners like Intel, Waymo's vehicles will continue to have the advanced processing power required for safe driving wherever they go."

It comes after Waymo revealed they are teaching their self-driving vans to respond to emergency vehicles.

They shared at the time: "Today, our self-driving minivans are capable of hearing twice as far as they could with our last suite of sensors. And with our new sensors, we're teaching our software to discern which direction the sirens are likely coming from.

"Drivers often hear the sirens of an emergency vehicle first, so being able to gauge the direction of an oncoming fire truck or ambulance allows our self-driving vehicles to make smarter and safer decisions. For example, our vehicles may pull over if an emergency vehicle is coming from behind, but yield at an intersection if our sensors detect sirens coming up ahead."

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