Volkswagen chooses Qualcomm chips to power its autonomous vehicles

Cariad, a software development subsidiary of Volkswagen, announced on May 3, 2022 that it would approach Qualcomm for its SAE Level 4 autonomous driving systems. The manufacturer wants to use the SoC (system-on-a-chip) of the Qualcomm Snapdragon Ride platform to power its a software solution designed to provide autonomous driving functions. The partners did not specify the financial details of the agreement.

“Computer on wheels”

“The connected and automated car of the future is a high-performance computer on wheels,” explains Dirk Hilgenberg, CEO of Cariad, in a press release. Behind this is extremely complex computing power.” The Snapdragon Ride will be an important hardware component of a standardized and scalable computing platform that manufacturers will equip vehicles with from the middle of the decade.

“As innovations increase in number and complexity, close collaborations like ours with Cariad are essential not only to achieve ambitious time-to-market targets, but also to enable automated driving. safe and secure for all,” he said. Nakul Duggal, Senior Vice President and Chief Automotive Specialist, Qualcomm. Volkswagen is also expected to strengthen its partnership with Mobileye, Intel’s self-driving car subsidiary, which is set to go public, Reuters reported.

Cariad also recently announced a partnership with Bosch to create advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving systems suitable for mass production in various vehicle lines. This partnership aims to develop a standardized software platform. Volkswagen intends to cover everything from production to sales of vehicles, including a range of mobility services, as well as the development and continuous updating of on-board software.

Snapdragon Ride platforms, open and programmable, are attracting more and more manufacturers. A variety of chips are offered to suit their needs, whether it be for Level 1 and 2, Level 2+ and 3, or Level 4 and 5 advanced driver assistance systems. Before Volkswagen, BMW and General Motors had already announced they were turning to Qualcomm for their Next generation ADAS. and autonomous driving systems. Meanwhile, Stellantis and Renault have made a wider selection of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon digital chassis, without specifying whether they intend to use the Snadragon Ride autonomous driving platform.

Qualcomm unveiled its new Snapdragon Ride platform at CES Las Vegas 2020. This is an opportunity for the American to confirm that his ambitions in the automotive industry go beyond the digital cabin and on-board communications.

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