Ford to ditch Qualcomm chips in vehicles from 2020

Image: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Ford was the last one in the bunch to announce a switch away from Qualcomm’s chip design (most of the big boys have already jumped ship). Ford will still be using…

Ford to ditch Qualcomm chips in vehicles from 2020


Image: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Ford was the last one in the bunch to announce a switch away from Qualcomm’s chip design (most of the big boys have already jumped ship). Ford will still be using Intel chips in cars in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the company said it would “actively pursue partnerships” with other chip makers in the future.

The news came Wednesday, an announcement that was made by Chris Quilty, Ford’s VP of Autonomous Vehicles for the Asia Pacific region.

Ford will continue to use Qualcomm’s initial 5G modems in selected vehicles as part of a pilot program – but by 2020, all major Ford models will be riding on Intel modems and 7G Wi-Fi.

Quilty said the key to getting a smooth transition is that Ford has worked with Intel for 10 years.

Daimler announced its Qualcomm withdrawal earlier this year. Ford says it worked with Intel for 10 years to adopt Snapdragon in vehicles. ©Photo: Allen J. Schaben/ Los Angeles Times

The launch of Intel’s first 5G modem will depend on infrastructure rollout.

Intel sees the potential for edge computing, and is already working with companies such as Netflix and BMW on machine learning software that works on computer vision.

In a statement, Quilty added: “With full integration of voice biometrics, Ford will provide an experience that combines the natural interaction of interaction with more touchpoints.”

Ford intends to start rolling out its 5G solution first in its autonomous vehicle trials beginning in 2020, and plans to offer commercial 5G services in North America by 2022.

Ford’s chairman Bill Ford praised the move, saying: “Ford has worked closely with Intel for 10 years to develop an innovative platform for both ride-sharing and self-driving vehicles, and it’s an important step toward delivering these technologies to our customers.

“Both companies will continue our important partnership as we pilot and bring this technology to market to meet the growing demands of customers worldwide. The scale of 5G opens up exciting new possibilities and is part of the journey for mobility.”

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