Intel and Mobileye begin testing self-driving cars in Jerusalem

The first phase of the Intel and Mobileye 100-car autonomous vehicle (AV) fleet has begun operating in the challenging and aggressive traffic conditions of Jerusalem, Professor Amnon Shashua, CEO Mobileye, has informed through his write up on the company website.

The technology is being driven on the road to demonstrate the power of the Mobileye approach and technology, to prove that the Responsibility-Sensitive Safety (RSS) model increases safety, and to integrate key learnings into our products and customer projects, writes Shashua.

Shashua has further informed in the write up that the company plans to expand its fleet to the U.S. and other regions in coming months. Safety and economic scalability has been the focus of the company and is targeting a vehicle that gets from point A to point B faster, smoother and less expensively than a human-driven vehicle; can operate in any geography; and achieves a verifiable, transparent 1,000 times safety improvement over a human-driven vehicle without the need for billions of miles of validation testing on public roads.

On the choice of Jerusalem the company, he says as Mobileye is based in Israel so the city was the obvious choice and moreover the challenging conditions in the city also led to its selection as the company wanted to demonstrate that the technology can work in any geography and under all driving conditions.

Another interesting fact about the tests is during this initial phase, the fleet is powered only by cameras. In a 360-degree configuration, each vehicle uses 12 cameras, with eight cameras providing long-range surround view and four cameras utilized for parking. The motive of the company behind this is the goal is to prove that it can create a comprehensive end-to-end solution from processing only the camera data.

Amnon Shashua’s article can be read here.


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