The chip maker giant, Qualcomm has joined the league of self-driving cars; it has begun testing its self-driving chipset technology in California.

As CNBC reports, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles has granted permission to Qualcomm for testing its latest tech for self-driving cars. The chip maker has now begun testing vehicles equipped with its technology in San Diego County, the report added.

Nvidia and Samsung earlier got 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.

In September, Qualcomm announced “9150 C-V2X” chipset that allows cars communicate with other cars, as well as with infrastructure like traffic lights.

The C-V2X tech includes two transmission modes of communications and network-based communications, which are created to serve as important 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 details about the vehicle’s surroundings, including non-line-of-sight (NLOS) scenarios.

“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.


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