Intel’s new Autonomous Driving Garage has been launched in San Jose. The Garage, emphasizing fast connections (5G) and Big Data, is going to be the home for the development of self-driving cars.

Intel has long been known as a PC processor manufacturing giant. It, however, begins a new journey into self-driving cars. This new office is surely not going to have the clean and pristine looks of the company’s already existing chip manufacturing center. This time, the new office features self-driving car research facilities built in collaboration with BMW.

At the launch of this Garage, Intel hammered on the huge amount of data needed in researching and developing self-driving cars. This means a faster connection, combined with state-of-the-art artificial intelligence is needed for the smooth operation of the Garage. And that is exactly why the company is relying on 5G for all its processing needs.

Self-driving cars are said to reduce the traffic fatalities that occur around the world. The move to achieve this aim is not just welcome by automobile manufacturers, but also suppliers of automotive equipment and technology companies. Together with BMW on this collaboration journey are; Delphi, a supplier of automotive equipment; Here, a consortium created by BMW; Audi, and Mercedes-Benz, all coming together to build real-time data on self-driving cars to accurately determine road conditions.

According to Intel, a single self-driving car produces 4 terabytes of data in a day when used 1.5 hours of drive time. A chunk of this data emanates from cameras, though lidar and radar sensors are equally contributing factors. This kind of data could be uploaded manually onto a data center. Intel, however, will completely rely on a cloud connection. This is the reason why Intel is developing the 5G technology to tackle this issue.

To commercialize its self-driving car technology, the company created what is named the Intel Go Automotive Software Development Kit, an end-to-end SDK intended for the simulation of the million miles at the data center at Intel. Machine learning will be used to label objects in a self-driving car’s surroundings and then come up with the most appropriate driving decisions. This software is to be optimized and loaded onto individual cars, with data mostly gathered by Intel and real world driving experience.

This is not an easy task for Intel as competition is scarily tight, increasing almost every day. Other players in the market include Apple, working on self-driving and other big technologies, Waymo, the spinoff of Google’s self-driving technology, as well as a multitude of others.