Technology's ever-changing landscape has led some of the industry's largest and most profitable companies to expand on what they offer by entering into new markets. Samsung is one of these companies and it has recently been rumored that they have a whole team dedicated to manufacturing the chips for self-driving cars. Samsung is known mostly by the average consumer for things like TVs and smartphones but they also manufacture their own processors for a wide variety of products including their own mobile devices, and now it looks like Samsung is preparing to be a leader in the chip business for autonomous vehicles.
A new report suggests that Samsung is quite serious about providing chips for self-driving cars, stating that they have a whole team which has been formed specifically to work on producing chips for these vehicles. The report is referring to this new team as a "task force" and that it will be made up of people from Samsung's already-existing chip division, but more specifically from the system LSI unit which is said to be responsible for things like the non-memory chips that power processors in TV displays as well as image sensors in cameras. This new targeted initiative on chips for autonomous vehicles follows Samsung's initial announcement to enter into the automotive market last year when they set up a team for automotive parts. Samsung has also been looking to focus more on their presence in automotive electronics as they initially announced earlier this year.
It shouldn't be too hard to envision Samsung as being capable of becoming the leader in autonomous vehicle chips, as they're already the only provider for electric batteries for BMW's electric and hybrid cars, and they have plenty of experience in the semiconductor business. It was only a matter of time before Samsung made decisions that would lead it to show more of a presence in the self-driving car market, especially considering that other technology companies like Google are well into the development of cars in the space. With the new team reportedly set, Samsung could have plenty of opportunities to provide the chips for autonomous vehicle processors for any of the companies already working on development of self-driving cars.