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Intel and Mobileye start testing autonomous fleet in Jerusalem

ABR Staff Writer Published 21 May 2018

Intel and Mobileye have started testing the initial phase of the 100-car autonomous vehicle (AV) fleet in Jerusalem.

The technology is being driven on the road to exhibit the power of the Mobileye approach and technology, to demonstrate that the responsibility-sensitive safety (RSS) model increases safety, and to integrate important learnings into the companies' products and customer projects.

In the coming months, Mobileye will expand its fleet to US and other regions.

The new system is claimed to be Level 4 and has been designed to meet its goals of safety and economic stability.

The system, unlike other systems where LiDAR or GPS are used for navigation, uses an array of 12 cameras in a 360-degree configuration. Eight cameras offer long range surround view and four cameras are used for parking.

The goal is to develop a system with ‘true redundancy’, where there will be multiple sensor systems, each with the capability to pilot the vehicle on its own. This approach, as per Mobileye is quite the opposite of fusing raw sensor data from several sources early in the process, which results in a single sensing system.

True redundancy offers two major advantages. The first advantage is that the amount of data needed to validate will be massively lower.

The second advantage is that the vehicle can continue to operate safely in contrast to a vehicle with low-level fused system that needs to cease driving immediately.

Mobileye has also entered into a contract with an European automaker to supply its self-driving technology for eight million cars, Reuters reported. Financial terms and the identity of the automaker were not disclosed.

Mobileye CEO Amnon Shashua said: “By the end of 2019, we expect over 100,000 Level 3 cars with Mobileye installed.”

Presently, Mobileye is working with several automakers including Nissan, Audi, BMW, Honda, Fiat Chrysler and China’s Nio, to supply its Level 3 technologies by next year.

Level 3 is a standard in autonomous vehicle technology, where the driver has 10 seconds to take control of the vehicle, if the system is unable to continue.

Image: Mobileye’s self-driving technology installed on Ford Fusion vehicle. Photo: Courtesy of Intel Corporation.