NOT TO BE OUTDONE by other news in the automotive sector this week, Intel has announced a major commitment to connected transportation with a number of updates to its automotive Internet of Things campaign.
In a move that the company said will "accelerate innovation toward a future of autonomous vehicles", Intel has announced a new line of efforts called "Intel In-Vehicle Solutions" along with investments to assist other companies in the field.
The first products in the range will be aimed at in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), but with an eye to moving the technology towards the autonomous vehicle era, heralded this week with the announcement of the first such vehicles from Google.
Research into driving experiences under the "Personal Vehicle Experience Research Project" will examine what people love and hate about driving and focus on how technology can be used to better serve that.
The "Local Experience of Automobility" (LEAM) project examines the driving patterns and habits of drivers in different continents to try and identify the individual challenges of each and try and avoid future tech becoming based around the driving needs of fifty-five-year old marketing executives from Silicon Valley.
The "Secure My Connected Car Research Project" will look at was that technology can defend hardware from theft and leverage Mcafee's Whitelisting software to ensure the car can't be hacked.
Doug Davis, corporate VP of Intel’s IoT group said, "To further strengthen Intel's technology partnership with the automotive industry and prepare for the future, we are combining our breadth of experience in consumer electronics and enterprise IT with a holistic automotive investment across product development, industry partnerships and groundbreaking research efforts.
"Our goal is to fuel the evolution from convenience features available in the car today to enhanced safety features of tomorrow and eventually self-driving capabilities."
The Intel Capital Connected Car Fund was set up in 2012 with $100m to earmark to companies working in the field. A new grant for development was awarded from the fund to ZMP, a company that makes an "autonomous driving platform and vehicles connected with sensors, radars and cameras".
The company has already used its in-vehicle technology with a number of existing production cars including models from BMW and Hyundai.