But BlueBox’s power requirements are higher than another new self-driving processor introduced last week by leading automotive camera provider Mobileye, which announced a partnership with STMicro to develop a new chip set dubbed EyeQ5 in a 5-watt package. According to Amnon Shashua, cofounder, CTO and chairman of Mobileye, the EyeQ5 “is designed to serve as the central processor for future fully-autonomous driving,” adding that “it can handle around 20 high-resolution sensors” such as cameras, LIDAR and radar.

It’s still the early days in self-driving, and plenty remains to be determined in areas such as regulation, consumer acceptance and technology standards. And securing connected and autonomous cars is another concern, but something NXP says it has expertise in providing.

“Solutions are available,” Sievers said, noting that NXP supplies secure chips for most of the passports around the world as well as for industries such as aviation and banking. “It’s not that there’s a security requirement in a car that’s harder than you would have in other places.”