Code & Conduit Podcast: Self-Driving Car Talk with Intel


Self-driving vehicle technology rolled into a shifting regulatory landscape in September, and companies developing the tech are navigating the changes.

Intel Corp.’s senior vice president and general manager of its automated driving group, Doug Davis, discussed how new guidelines and legislation will impact the technology in a phone interview with Bloomberg BNA’s Code & Conduit podcast.

Recently, the Department of Transportation released updated voluntary guidelines for autonomous vehicles. Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation aimed at speeding up the rollout of self-driving tech, and the Senate continued work on its own version.

Davis said Intel— after seeing how a state-by-state array of rules has complicated the technology’s advancement—favors legislative provisions setting a national regulatory framework.

“It’s been interesting for us to see the different regulations that different states have and how it’s already impacting the development work that different companies are doing,” Davis told Bloomberg BNA. “And so to create more consistency there we think will make it much easier for this development to move forward.”

The chipmaker and computing company also supports legislation that would allow autonomous vehicle makers to apply with Transportation to operate more new vehicle designs on U.S. public roads.

“We have to be able to scale to tens of millions of cars that can be put out on the road every year so that there’s enough critical mass that it significantly improves the safety of driving,” Davis said.

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