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Intel's Atom to Power the Nissan Cars of the Future

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Intel and Nissan have formed a partnership ushering a new level of intelligence into cars.

At the New York International Auto Show, Intel announced a new partnership with Nissan. This partnership was created to integrate Intel’s low power Atom into Nissan cars.

Before we jump to conclusions, you will still have to be awake and sober while driving. Intel says this technology is used to “deliver information and entertainment to drivers and passengers simultaneously in a safe manner and opens the door to more enjoyable driving experiences”. Intel also states the processor will power twin displays that will keep the passenger “informed, entertained and productive while maintaining optimum safety”.

The displays will most likely inform you with traffic updates, maps and other road driving information. Another feature integrated into upcoming Nissan vehicles will be the connection to the cloud and perhaps communication throughout all Nissan vehicles.

“Smart hospitality” is also something Intel plans to bring to Nissan vehicles.  This idea may be seen through smart temperature control or a myriad of other “smart” features.

We saw something like this earlier this year at CES. Check out Intel's vision of the smart car here.

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    kcorp2003 , April 9, 2012 3:26 PM
    does this mean car mechanics will have to know about CPUs? My uncle is doomed for the future because he's from the antique ages in car mechanics lol maybe he can hire me if gets one of these cars to service.
    maybe i can overclock it. hehehe
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    kcorp2003 , April 9, 2012 3:26 PM
    does this mean car mechanics will have to know about CPUs? My uncle is doomed for the future because he's from the antique ages in car mechanics lol maybe he can hire me if gets one of these cars to service.
    maybe i can overclock it. hehehe
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    BruceOTB , April 9, 2012 3:36 PM
    kcorp2003does this mean car mechanics will have to know about CPUs? My uncle is doomed for the future because he's from the antique ages in car mechanics lol maybe he can hire me if gets one of these cars to service. maybe i can overclock it. hehehe


    Yes. Cars nowadays have a lot of computer stuff in them. ECUs for example, have been used for years already.
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    nhat11 , April 9, 2012 3:40 PM
    kcorp2003does this mean car mechanics will have to know about CPUs? My uncle is doomed for the future because he's from the antique ages in car mechanics lol maybe he can hire me if gets one of these cars to service. maybe i can overclock it. hehehe


    Cars have been computerized for years now. That's why most older mechanics do car before the 90s.
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    juanc , April 9, 2012 4:22 PM
    Quote:
    Intel's Atom to Power the Nissan Cars of the Future


    So Intel started to manufacture batteries, and they have decided to use the Atom brand, the same the use for they processors?
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    jsc , April 9, 2012 4:33 PM
    kcorp2003does this mean car mechanics will have to know about CPUs?

    My '91 Camry has CPU chips in it.
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    drwho1 , April 9, 2012 4:49 PM
    Title: Intel's Atom to Power the Nissan Cars of the Future

    Wrong title, this cars will still be powered by GAS.
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    eddieroolz , April 9, 2012 5:03 PM
    Let's just make sure that Intel's got security down first eh.
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    bak0n , April 9, 2012 5:11 PM
    I guess they are trying to find a way to make their cars run as slow as possible.
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    bobusboy , April 9, 2012 5:13 PM
    I want one of the companies to release a small (ford ranger sized) desiel engine, with a stick shift that makes decent power (like small a small v6) with 4 wheel drive (not all wheel drive) and manually locking hubs with as few computer controled components as possible.

    Better waterproofing of electronics would be a bonus too.

    All of this digitization and automation will allow for a large segment of drivers to be very poor at driving due to their reliance on alarms and the computer taking control of the vehicle. That said it will make the really bad ones safer than they are now.
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    classzero , April 9, 2012 5:23 PM
    I refuse to buy anything powered by Intel atom.
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    lp231 , April 9, 2012 5:24 PM
    In Japan they have a soda vending machine power by a Intel Core i5! Nissan wants their car to be power by a Atom? Hopefully the new Atom are fast enough that it won't cause any delays while updating traffic status or other reports.
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    zakaron , April 9, 2012 6:23 PM
    I think it would be funny if Ariel made the same deal:
    Ariel Atom powered by... Atom!
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    Benihana , April 9, 2012 7:05 PM
    classzeroI refuse to buy anything powered by Intel atom.

    I don't mind the Atom, though I do refuse to by anything made my Nissan. The electrical systems are piss-poor at best.
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    Benihana , April 9, 2012 7:05 PM
    buy*, sorry fellas.
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    Anonymous , April 9, 2012 7:13 PM
    Pshhhh I'll wait till an I7. Overclock it and have the radiator cool the CPU :p 
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    sonofliberty08 , April 9, 2012 7:45 PM
    bad choice nissan...... should get the fusion powered the car instead of atom for better performance :p 
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    derekullo , April 9, 2012 7:55 PM
    ... My car still won't be able to play Crysis.
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    fb39ca4 , April 9, 2012 8:39 PM
    Now that we have x86 cars, it will be easy to write viruses D:
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    __-_-_-__ , April 9, 2012 9:47 PM
    overclock your car with ln2 :p  I mean, CNG.

    my car is already intel powered. I've an atom car pc. it's really great to see real time OBD information. also it's a pc so it has unlimited potential.
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    jdwii , April 10, 2012 12:04 AM
    I wont even trust a atom in my netbook why would i trust it in my car? Lol computers don't belong in car's sorry but all they do is limit things and mess things up.
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