Department of Motor Vehicles of California issued permit to Qualcomm to test autonomous vehicles on the roads.The popular chipset maker has started working on autonomous vehicles with a aim to bring self-driving cars in the market.
Last year Qualcomm announced a plan to acquire NXP, a company which sells automotive components. The deal has not closed yet. Also many other companies started testing the self-driving technology. A year ago Nvidia got permit to test self-driving cars in california. Nvidia has automotive partners including Tesla,Volvo and Toyota. Also previously samsung picked up a permit for the same.
Qualcomm’s Vice president of product manager said in an interview,”We certainly expect to be a key player in the autonomous space,”. It’s quite pretty much sure that the company is gearing up to gain a strong foothold in the self-driving car market.
Though Qualcomm denied to comment on their upcoming products. Qualcomm previously announced the 9150 C-V2X chipset. This new chipset enables cars to communicate between other cars as well as infrastructures like following like traffic lights. The company already started field trials of self-driving vehicles in San Diego County, california. Qualcomm will also conduct similar tests in china, Michigan , Germany and Italy.