Mobileye Tests Autonomous Vehicles in Israel
Intel Corp.’s Mobileye unit is testing self-driving cars in Israel and aims to launch an autonomous taxi service there in 2020.
Intel announced last autumn that Mobileye, Volkswagen and Israel’s Champion Motor Group would collaborate on the project. VW is contributing electric vehicles, Champion will handle fleet management, and Mobileye will provide a Level 4 self-driving system for the vehicles.
Intel now has some 12,000 employees in Israel. CEO Bob Swan tells Bloomberg News that Intel has launched a 20-week program called Ignite that supports Israeli startups who are working on artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicle control systems.
While at the Tokyo Motor Show this week various vehicle manufacturers were showing off all manner of cars and crossovers and transportation devices that typically had to do with something autonomous, connected and/or electrified (ACE, as CAR’s Brett Smith categorizes this burgeoning field), the guys from Chevy were in El Segundo, California, showing off a different take on what can best be described as “toys for boys”—boys who do or don’t have driver’s licenses.
Although all OEMs and suppliers do their utmost best to assure nothing but top-notch quality is achieved for their vehicles and systems, sometimes things simply go wrong because, well, that’s just how the Universe is.
Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corp., said at CES today that his goal is to transform Toyota from being a car company to becoming a mobility company.