Qualcomm has obtained a allow to check autonomous autos on public roads in California, the newest step within the chipmaker’s effort to achieve a foothold within the self-driving automobile market.
California’s Division of Motor Automobiles issued the allow, which authorizes testing for one car and three drivers, on Dec. 12, a spokesperson from the company instructed CNBC in an e mail.
“We definitely count on to be a key participant within the autonomous house,” Nakul Duggal, Qualcomm’s vp of product administration for automotive, mentioned in an interview. He declined to speak about forthcoming merchandise that would allow autonomous driving.
In September Qualcomm introduced the 9150 C-V2X chipset, which lets automobiles talk with different automobiles in addition to infrastructure like visitors lights. That expertise may work alongside chips devoted to autonomy by enhancing security, Duggal mentioned.
Qualcomm has begun field trials of Ford autos containing the chipsets in San Diego County, the place the corporate is predicated, Duggal mentioned. Comparable checks of the expertise will happen in Michigan, China, Germany, Italy and Japan, he mentioned.
Nvidia picked up a allow to check self-driving automobiles in California simply over a yr in the past, and earlier this yr Samsung obtained a allow from the state. Nvidia has a number of automotive companions, together with Tesla, Toyota and Volvo. Intel has expressed interest in autonomous driving however would not have a California self-driving allow.
Qualcomm expertise is at present employed for telematics and infotainment methods. Final yr the corporate introduced a plan to amass NXP, which sells a number of automotive elements. The deal has not closed. In November Broadcom mentioned it needed to amass Qualcomm for greater than $100 billion, a proposal that Qualcomm’s board rejected.
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