Arm, Toyota and GM join forces to make driverless car chips

British tech firm Arm, best known for creating the architecture behind mobile CPUs, has announced a partnership with General Motors (GM) and Toyota to develop common computing systems for self-driving cars.

The company said it was helping to create the Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium, or AVCC, along with Bosch, Denso and Continental AG. Also helping found the group are semiconductor companies Nvidia and NXP Semiconductors, both of which embed Arm’s technology into their chips.

The new body said its first step would be to develop a set of recommendations of system architecture and a computing platform that “reconciles the performance requirements of autonomous systems with the vehicle-specific requirements and limitations in terms of size, temperature range, power consumption and safety”.