Qualcomm Starts Testing Self-Driving Technology in California
According to a report, California's Department
of Motor Vehicles has issued the permit to Qualcomm for testing its
technology. The chip maker has now started testing vehicles equipped
with its technology in San Diego County, the report added.
Joining the race towards building self-driving cars, global chip
manufacturer Qualcomm has begun testing its self-driving chipset
technology in California. According to a CNBC report, California's
Department of Motor Vehicles has issued the permit to Qualcomm for
testing its technology. The chip maker has now started testing vehicles
equipped with its technology in San Diego County, the report added.
Nvidia and Samsung previously received permits to test self-driving cars
in California. "We certainly expect to be a key player in the
autonomous space," Nakul Duggal, Vice President of Product Management
for Automotive at Qualcomm, was quoted as saying. Qualcomm in September
announced "9150 C-V2X" chipset that lets cars communicate with other
cars, as well as with infrastructure like traffic lights.
The C-V2X technology encompass two transmission modes of direct
communications and network-based communications, which are designed to
serve as key features for safety conscious and autonomous driving
solutions. It also complements other Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
(ADAS) sensors, such as cameras, radar and LIDAR, to provide information
about the vehicle's surroundings, including non-line-of-sight (NLOS)
"The introduction of the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset builds on our
leadership in automotive technologies, demonstrating our continued
commitment to design and offer advanced solutions for safe, connected
and increasingly autonomous vehicles," Duggal had said earlier.
"Qualcomm also plans to send test vehicles to Michigan, China, Germany,
Italy and Japan to be able to gather data on the chipset's performance
in various locations and conditions," the report added.