Using a chip produced by German silicon manufacturer Infineon, engineers have created a robot capable of analysing a Rubik's Cube and solving it in just over 0.6 seconds.
For context that involved first observing the state of the cube, analysing to find a solution, and then operating the 21 moves required - in less than a second.
So what has this all got to do with self-driving cars? It's all about reaction time here - and the implications that has on safety. In a braking scenario, for example, the reaction and actuation time for a self-driving car will have to be as good as a human's reflexes. With technologies like this, machines will in fact be vastly superior.
The time of 0.637 shaves a quarter of a second off the former record of 0.887 set by a previous iteration of the same machine. It slashed the current human record of 4.904 seconds set in 2015. The new version contains an Infineon chip aimed at promoting its credentials for driverless cars. "We want to show that problems can be solved much more efficiently using microelectronics," Infineon spokesman Gregor Rodehueser told the BBC. "This is also the case when it comes to automated driving, where you have to have very low latencies and absolutely reliable and quick technologies."