Autonomous driving becomes a reality

According to Krzanich, the automatic industry in now on the verge of great change, which will include groundbreaking advances in computing, data and connectivity.

November 22, 2016 21:01
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Brian Krzanich

INTEL CEO Brian Krzanich speaks at the Los Angeles Auto Show’s AutoMobility conference last week.. (photo credit: Courtesy)

At his keynote address at the Los Angeles Auto Show’s AutoMobility conference, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced that Intel Capital is targeting more than $250 million of additional new investments over the next two years to make fully autonomous driving a reality.

This follows Intel’s announcement from July this year of the cooperation with BMW and Mobileye, based in Jerusalem, and which aims to have self-driving cars in production by 2021.

This was the first time Intel has ever participated in the Los Angeles car show, which is one of the most important automotive shows worldwide. Intel has recently undergone a dramatic change with a greater emphasis on the development of Big Data technologies and connectivity, and attaches great importance to the company’s entry into the global automotive industry.

According to Krzanich, the automatic industry in now on the verge of great change, which will include groundbreaking advances in computing, data and connectivity. The company will focus on innovative technologies in the fields of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cyber security.

“The world of today runs on oil – heating and cooling our homes, and powering almost all forms of transportation,” says Krzanich. “Try and drive a car today without oil-based products, and you won’t get far.

Without oil, a car’s engine overheats, pistons and rings fuse to the cylinder walls, the engine block cracks and, of course, there is no gas. You could say oil is the key technology that allowed the automotive world we know today. But that’s all about to change.

“Today, we think we live in a world flooded with data, but compared to the future, today’s amount of data is relatively small. In 2016, the average person generates 650 MBs of data a day – through use of their PCs, mobile phones and wearables. By 2020, projections show that the average person will generate 1.5 GBs of data a day. That’s an impressive,” Krzanich says.

“That is a 200% increase in less than four years – but it pales in comparison to what we’re about to see in autonomous vehicles.

“In an autonomous car, we have to factor in cameras, radar, sonar, GPS and LIDAR – components as essential to this new way of driving as pistons, rings and engine blocks. Cameras will generate 20-60 MBs, radar upwards of 10 kBs, sonar 10-100 kBs, GPS will run at 50 kBs, and LIDAR will range between 10-70 MBs. Run those numbers, and each autonomous vehicle will be generating approximately 4,000 GBs – or 4 terabytes of data – a day.

“Every autonomous car will generate the data equivalent of almost 3,000 people. Extrapolate this further and think about how many cars are on the road. Let’s estimate just 1 million autonomous cars worldwide – that means automated driving will be representative of the data of 3 billion people.

“It’s not enough just to capture the data. We have to turn the data into an actionable set of insights to get the full value out of it. To do that requires an end-to-end computing solution from the car through the network and to the cloud – and strong connectivity.

“When it comes to the future of driving, Intel’s commitment to our partners, the industry as a whole and our global society is to accelerate automated driving, deliver end-to-end solutions, and lead the next generation of computing transformations. Within our industry, only Intel can make and deliver upon this commitment because of our comprehensive and unparalleled technology portfolio – developed through acquisition and innovation,” Krzanich concludes.

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The fourth Israel HLS and Cyber 2016 International Conference, which took place last week at the Tel Aviv Convention Center, was organized by the Economy and Industry Ministry and the Israel Export Institute. The national cyber directorate in the Prime Minister’s Office, the Foreign Ministry, the defense export control agency, the Public Security Ministry and the Airports Authority also took part in the conference.

Over 1,700 participants from abroad, who are key players in the fields of homeland security (HLS) and cyber security, contributed to the event, along with 160 Israeli companies, including Elbit, IAI, and Check Point Software Technologies.

“We’ve registered a record number of participants from overseas this year at the HLS and Cyber Conference,” said Amit Lang, director general of the Economy and Industry Ministry. “This reinforces the fact that Israel is a technological giant in homeland and cyber security.

“Israel has more exports than any other country, even though its population is significantly smaller. Even in the relatively young field of cyber security, Israel exports account for 5% of the global cyber market.

“The hard work carried out by economic attachés abroad have resulted in the strengthening of the connection between Israeli hi-tech companies with global enterprises and has resulted in tens of millions of dollars in business transactions. We will continue to do everything in our power to help strengthen Israel’s interaction with global markets,” Lang said.

At the HLS and Cyber Conference companies displayed innovative products in the fields of cyber security, intelligence, counter-terrorism, law enforcement, aviation security, protecting critical energy infrastructure, water, oil, gas, management and emergency preparedness, first responders and smart cities.

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Translated by Hannah Hochner.

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