AMBA in cars

I was not sure if they really were, but they are.

Plenty of other carmakers also are far down the road to automation with “active safety” technologies. And a raft of tech companies are involved in self-driving car and connected-car partnerships with automakers or each other. NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI), for one, said Monday that it has completed its merger with Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL). Both are active in connected cars, as is visual-computing chipmaker Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA), a partner to Tesla and helping to power the Volkswagen (OTCPK:VLKAY) Audi self-driving car. Other chip and tech companies in the game include advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) makers Ambarella (NASDAQ:AMBA) and Mobileye (NYSE:MBLY).


Smart City Challenge
Monday’s DOT press conference was called to introduce a $50 million smart-transportation contest for midsize cities that runs through early 2016. The Smart City Challenge aims to “create a fully integrated, first-of-its-kind city that uses data, technology and creativity to shape how people and goods move in the future,” the DOT said in its announcement. Some $10 million of the prize is being contributed by Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Inc…