"With three million miles of real-world driving, Waymo cars with Intel technology inside have already processed more self-driving auto miles than any other autonomous fleet on USA roads", wrote Intel CEO Brian Krzanich in a blog post announcing the news. The world leading chipmaker stated that it had worked with Waymo earlier on its computer platform design to enable autonomous cars for the processing of information in the real time.
The newest vehicles from Waymo feature Intel-based technologies for sensor processing, general compute and connectivity, "enabling real-time decisions for full autonomy in city conditions", Xinhua reported on Tuesday. Second, Waymo is serious about its fully autonomous vehicle to the point that it is building its own proprietary computer technology that will include integrating Intel's processors into its own platform.
"Over time we'll both learn we can bring more of the software. down onto the silicon, because you get performance, cost and power", Mr Krzanich said.
Can Intel and Waymo's partnership create a fully autonomous vehicle?
For the launch of self driving cars Intel bought Mobileye and partnered with BMW and Flat Chrysler.
According to the Reuters news agency, it is the first time Waymo has owned up to using an outside agency's technology.
Intel stated that it has been working with Google since 2009 on the self-driving auto project. Those vehicles began test drives at the end of 2016.
Or, read another way, it's a growing network of technology and transportation providers on one side - Alphabet partnering with (and potentially pouring $1 billion into) Lyft, Waymo partnering with Intel - and Uber on the other.
Underscoring the non-exclusive partnerships and collaborations in the space, Mobileye and Intel are in an alliance with German carmaker BMW and Fiat-Chrysler to create an industry wide autonomous vehicle platform.
"Intel's technology supports the advanced processing inside our vehicles, with the ability to manufacture to meet Waymo's needs at scale", Mr Krafcik said in a statement. With so much life-saving potential, it's a rapid transformation that Intel is excited to be at the forefront of along with other industry leaders like Waymo*, Krzanich said.