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Continental partners with AI chip firm Ambarella on autonomous driving

Continental partners with AI chip firm Ambarella on autonomous driving
Continental partners with AI chip firm Ambarella on autonomous driving Copyright Thomson Reuters 2023
Copyright Thomson Reuters 2023
By Reuters
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BERLIN - Germany's Continental and California-based artificial intelligence chip firm Ambarella announced a partnership on Thursday to make software and hardware systems for autonomous driving.

The two companies will focus on so-called Level 2 plus autonomous driving, which briefly allows drivers to take their hands off the wheel through features like assisted cruise control and lane centering.

Ambarella develops a new category of semiconductors called system on a chip, or SoC, which combine multiple CPUs on one logic board and provide artificial intelligence processing.

The two firms jointly develop the technology, which will comprise of high-resolution cameras and radar and lidar senses with the necessary software from Continental and Ambarella, the statement said.

The German auto supplier also holds a minority stake in another California-based firm, lidar startup AEye, and has integrated a long-range lidar sensor based on AEye's patents to complement the auto supplier's existing short-range lidar technology.

(This story has been officially corrected to say the software will come from both Continental and Ambarella, in paragraph 4)

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