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May 4, 2022—Volkswagen on Tuesday said it will get its semiconductor chips for its autonomous driving endeavors from U.S.-based chip manufacturer Qualcomm.

According to a report from Reuters via Yahoo! Finance, Qualcomm's system-on-chips platform aims to achieve Level 4 autonomy, which is currently not yet available and allows a vehicle to operate fully autonomously "in most circumstances."

"We will get system-on-chips (SoCs) designed to enable assisted and automated driving functions up to Level 4 from Qualcomm, an expert in chip design with over 140,000 patents," Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess said in a LinkedIn post. "The chips of Qualcomm's Snapdragon Ride portfolio will be used in all Group vehicles with the unified Cariad Software generation starting in the middle of the decade."

No financial details were made immediately available per the report. 

Volkswagen is also in talks to expand an already-existing partnership with Intel Corp as it works to tackle developing fully autonomous vehicles, which Diess called "the most ambitious project of our entire industry to tap into the most relevant profit pools of the future."

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