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The Brains Behind Self-Driving Cars


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Perhaps the biggest challenge in bringing self-driving cars to market is giving them enough brainpower to process data about their driving environment and respond appropriately, says Andy Whydell, director, Global Electronics Product Planning at ZF TRW.

The demands on these central processors is pushing the auto industry beyond the capabilities of today’s onboard computers. Whydell says developers are pursuing such such non-automotive sources as video gaming and 3-D workstations to find the processing horsepower.

Whydell says the first of these next-generation controllers will be ready to enable the first steps into autonomous driving in 2-4 years.

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