Speaking of the microchips that will be needed to allow autonomous cars to “see,” if Qualcomm doesn’t become the standard brains of the cars’ navigation systems, then Nvidia (NVDA) might. Its Tegra K1 chip is currently powering the zFAS technology for the Audi (NSU) self-driving Quattro.
The Tegra K1 is small and powerful, which is going to be crucial, given how much computing power will be needed to keep driverless cars (and their occupants) safe. Some believe an autonomous car will process one gigabyte of data every second. That’s a huge amount of data, and huge potential for NVDA.