Qualcomm launches autonomous driving computer, aiming to hit roads by 2023

john rambo

(Reuters) – Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) on Monday announced a computing system for autonomous vehicles designed to handle everything from lane controls to full self-driving that it aims to have on the road by 2023.

A demo car equipped with the new Snapdragon Ride autonomous driving computing system is seen at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, U.S., January 5, 2020. REUTERS/Jane Lanhee Lee

The system, dubbed Snapdragon Ride, is the company’s first foray into a full system to power self-driving cars.

San Diego-based Qualcomm, known best as the world’s biggest mobile phone chip supplier, has been a major automotive supplier for more than a decade, but primarily for the modem chips that connect vehicles to the internet and chips for the infotainment systems that power screens inside vehicles.

Qualcomm has spent years developing self-driving technology near its headquarters in virtual silence while rivals such as Intel

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