Autonomous cars will arrive within 10 years, Intel CTO says

Rattner also says buyers will soon be more interested in a car's technology than its engine

BARCELONA: Intel CTO Justin Rattner predicts that driverless cars will be available within 10 years and that buyers by then will increasingly be more interested in a vehicle's internal technology than the quality of its engine.

Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is looking to equip autonomous smart cars with low-wattage Intel Atom chips, as well as higher-powered Core processors.

"I think in the past the automakers expressed a lot of doubt about the long-term viability of [autonomous auto] technology," Rattner said in an interview with Computerworld prior to the start of Intel's European Research and Innovation Conference here this week.

"Some were more dismissive than others," he said. "But I would say the automobile industry is definitely warming up to the idea. [The car companies are at] the point of presuming that, if not in this decade then early in the next decade, we'll be able to go out and buy a car that can take you where you want to go."

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