If cars are really going to drive themselves one day, the eyes they use to see the road may come from Qualcomm.
That at least is one of the hopes expressed by Steve Mollenkopf, the CEO of the wireless chipmaker Qualcomm. In an interview with Kara Swisher at the Code Conference today, Mollenkopf said the company's dominance of the market for chips that go into smartphones and tablets can lead to applications for driverless cars.
One of them, he said, is computer vision. "Everyone wants to emulate what you can see in your eye," he said. "The driverless car requires computer vision, and where that's being developed more than anywhere is on the phone. … On the car, having computer vision enables things like parking and safety features."