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The American Manufacturing Council lost another member to start the week. On Monday, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigned from the group.

In an Intel blog post, Krzanich announced his retirement and shared the main reason why he left the council. 

“I resigned because I want to make progress, while many in Washington seem more concerned with attacking anyone who disagrees with them. We should honor – not attack – those who have stood up for equality and other cherished American values,” Krzanich explained.

Krzanich is one of few executives who quit the group because of how United States President Donald Trump initially reacted to the white supremacy rally in Charlottesville last weekend. Other prominent names that also resigned following the incident are Merck’s Kenneth Frazier and Under Armour’s Kevin Plank.

Richard Trumka and Thea Lee of A.F.L.-CIO, and Scott Paul of the Alliance for American Manufacturing also parted ways with the council due to Trump’s remarks regarding the violent protest in Virginia. 

Intel Continues Push for Diversity

In a separate report on Intel’s website, Krzanich continued to express support towards equality by discussing the progress of Intel’s mission to have diversity in its workforce.

It was in 2015 when Krzanich came up with the goal to have a diverse workforce in Intel. During that time, the estimated year to reach the goal was 2020.

A recent diversity report encouraged Krzanich to change the target year to 2018. Intel achieved so much success in providing equal opportunity that he believes the goal is within grasp by next year.

However, there is still one major issue and that is the lack of representation for women and minorities, which Krzanich vowed to address through their efforts and a $300 million budget.

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FCA Joins Intel-BMW-Mobileye Partnership

There is other good news for Intel as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles joined its group that plans to develop autonomous driving technology that will be available by 2021. BMW and Mobileye are also part of the project.

Mobileye, an Israeli technology company, was acquired by Intel for $15.3 billion with the deal being completed on August 8.

FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said the partnership is “vital” for the advancement of self-driving technology.

“We’re thrilled to welcome FCA’s contribution, bringing us a step closer to delivering the world’s safest autonomous vehicles,” Krzanich said.

The group’s goal is to test 40 self-driving vehicles on public roads later this year. It also aims to have 100 Level 4 autonomous cars that are for testing in the United States, Europe, and Israel.

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