VW plans to design personal laptop chips for self-driving vehicles, identical to Tesla


Volkswagen Group will comply with a method utilized by Tesla and design its personal laptop chips for future self-driving automobile programs, CEO Herbert Diess instructed Germany’s Handelsblatt in an interview printed final week.

“To attain optimum efficiency in mild of the excessive calls for that exist for vehicles, software program and {hardware} have to return out of 1 hand,” he mentioned.

VW Group will solely design its laptop chips after which outsource manufacturing to an present provider, in the identical method that Tesla outsources production of its chips to Samsung. The automaker additionally needs to personal patents when doable.

Consequently, the transfer is not about assuaging provide points just like the latest world chip scarcity that has precipitated a variety of automakers, together with VW Group, to sluggish manufacturing. Relatively, it is to offer VW Group with better flexibility regarding design necessities whereas additionally permitting it to develop new options sooner.

Tesla full self-driving computer

Tesla full self-driving laptop

The function of the chips is to evaluate all the info coming from a self-driving automobile’s varied lidar, radar, video and ultrasonic sensors, in addition to map information, after which use AI to search for patterns within the information and determine what motion to take—all inside fractions of a second.

Answerable for designing the chips can be VW Group’s in-house software program growth firm Cariad, previously often called Automobile.Software program. The automaker plans to take a position greater than 7 billion euros (roughly $8.44 billion) within the division by 2025.

VW Group has taken a two-pronged method in terms of self-driving vehicles. For privately owned vehicles, VW Group is growing its personal self-driving system by way of Cariad. It is going to be obtainable to all VW Group manufacturers however timing is unsure.

For industrial use, as an illustration in a self-driving taxi service, VW Group will depend on self-driving know-how firm Argo AI, which it co-owns with Ford. VW Group in March mentioned it’ll have a self-driving taxi service powered by Argo AI know-how up and running in 2025.

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