ARM Holdings, owned by Softbank Group, has joined forces with global automotive and technology companies to help speed up the development of standardised computing systems for autonomous vehicles.

At its annual user conference in San Jose, California, the UK-based mobile chip designer announced it had formed a new consortium called Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium (AVCC) with Toyota, General Motors, Denso, Bosch, Continental and IT hardware companies including NXP Semiconductors and Nvidia as its founding members.

AVCC will focus on developing safer and more affordable autonomous vehicle systems by combining resources and scaling up technologies through a common technology platform. The initial focus of its members will be to agree on a basic common computing platform and system architecture for self-driving vehicles, followed by various vehicle specific standards and parameters including power consumption, safety standards and size.

By developing a common computing platform, AVCC will make it easier to develop software that will work on chips from various vendors, not just ARM. AVCC operations will be funded by membership fees, but any resulting technologies created will be made available to non-members. 

AVCC is inviting other global automotive and technology companies to join the consortium.

In April 2019 a new technology partnership was announced between Ford, GM and Toyota, called Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium, which aims to provide a safety framework for self driving technology.

Earlier in the year BMW and Daimler also signed a partnership to develop level 3 and 4 self-driving technologies that are expected to become widely available from 2025.