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Intel, Mobileye among many self-driving car partners

Intel Corp. said Monday that it will spend more than $15 billion to acquire Israel’s Mobileye NV, a software maker that processes the information cars see from cameras and sensors. It’s the latest example of a major tech company making a splash in the race to develop autonomous vehicles.

Here’s a quick rundown of who’s working with whom:


— Intel Corp. acquired a 15-percent stake in HERE, a digital mapping service, in January. Nokia Corp. sold HERE to German automakers Daimler AG, BMW AG and Audi AG in 2015 for $3.1 billion.

— BMW teamed up with Intel and Mobileye in July 2016 to build and commercialize self-driving vehicles by 2021. BMW’s iNext electric sedan will serve as the platform for the technology. BMW says the partnership will proceed as Intel and Mobileye combine.


— Ride-hailing company Uber Technologies announced a partnership with Daimler AG in January. Daimler, which makes Mercedes-Benz vehicles, plans to supply autonomous cars to Uber’s network in the future.

— General Motors Co. partnered with Uber in November 2016. GM is renting cars to Uber drivers through the deal.

— Volvo Cars signed a $300 million deal with Uber in August 2016. Volvo is providing vehicles for research and for Uber’s semi-autonomous taxi fleet in Pittsburgh.

— Uber bought Otto, a startup that has developed self-driving software for big rigs, for $680 million in August 2016.

— Uber sold its China business to Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing in August 2016 in exchange for an 18-percent stake in Didi. Didi invested $1 billion in Uber as part of the deal.

— Toyota Motor Corp. bought a small stake in Uber in May 2016.


— General Motors Co. invested $500 million in ride-hailing company Lyft Inc. in January 2016. The companies are developing autonomous electric taxis. Lyft drivers can also rent GM vehicles. GM put all-electric Chevrolet Bolts in its Lyft fleet in Los Angeles in February.

— General Motors acquired Cruise Automation, a startup that makes autonomous vehicle software, for $581 million in March 2016.


— Alphabet Inc.’s Google spun off a self-driving car company called Waymo in December 2016.

— Waymo and Honda Motor Co. announced in December 2016 that they were in talks to form a partnership.

— Google – now Waymo — announced a deal with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in May 2016 to build 100 semi-autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans. The vans will let Waymo double the size of its test fleet.


— Volkswagen AG announced a partnership with Mobileye in February. VW plans to integrate Mobileye’s real-time mapping service into its vehicles in 2018. It’s unclear whether the Intel and Mobileye merger will affect that agreement.

— Volkswagen invested $300 million in Uber competitor Gett Inc. in May 2016. Gett said it would provide Volkswagen with the technology to expand into ride- and car-sharing.


— Audi AG announced a partnership with chip-maker NVIDIA in January to develop autonomous vehicles by 2020. Audi will make the vehicles and use NVIDIA’s computing platform. NVIDIA is also working with map-maker HERE.


— Ford Motor Co. announced in February it will invest $1 billion over five years in Argo AI, a startup that’s developing autonomous vehicle technology.

— Ford and Chinese search engine company Baidu Inc. invested $150 million in Velodyne in August 2016. Velodyne makes the laser sensors that help guide self-driving cars.

–Ford also acquired Israel-based SAIPS in August 2016 for its expertise in artificial intelligence and computer vision.


— The Renault-Nissan Alliance purchased French software company Sylpheo in September 2016 to develop ride-hailing and car-sharing services.

— Nissan and NASA announced a five-year partnership in January 2015 to develop autonomous driving systems. Nissan is testing self-driving systems with remote human managers that were initially developed for the Mars rover.



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