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Are processors the key to a cognitive car?

IBM and McMaster University have formed a research effort aimed at connecting the multiple chips in an automobile to boost reliability, improve traffic congestion and cut down on accidents.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor on

IBM and McMaster University have formed a research effort aimed at connecting the multiple chips in an automobile to boost reliability, improve traffic congestion and cut down on accidents.

The project is interesting since it aims to tie together all of the chips in a vehicle that usually are isolated.

Using an IBM multi-core processor engineers at McMaster will aim to improve the efficiency and safety of vehicle systems (statement). McMaster was awarded a Shared University Research award to start the project. The IBM processor was originally created for video games, but is now being used in financial services, energy, oil and gas production and animation.

The idea behind the effort is similar to what many automakers are trying to do: Absorb various data points in the car cabin, roads and Web to improve the driving experience.

Image: KITT, the smartest car ever produced. (NBC Universal)

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This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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