On Monday, Volkswagen, Champion Motors, and Mobileye the Intel-owned computer vision firm announced plans to launch the country's first driverless ride-hailing service, in Israel in 2019.
As per the norms of the deal, Mobileye will provide the self-driving technology, Volkswagen will supply a fleet of electric cars, and Israel's second largest vehicle importer and distributor, Champion Motors, will accelerate fleet management operations. Champion Motors will operate the control center and the fleet itself.
The project is slated to begin early next year and it could have wider implications as all three companies use the joint venture as a "global beta site for testing and introducing the Mobility-as-a-Service model using autonomous electric vehicles".
Mobileye, which was acquired by Intel for $15.3 billion in August 2017, will supply its Level 4 self-driving solution, which is is autonomous in all situations and driving environments.
"Our service aims to intelligently and dynamically adapt to the urban mobility needs of the 21st Century, catering to the mobility-mileage demands within the city while minimizing the direct/indirect incurred societal costs - air/noise pollution, congestion and safety", said Professor Amnon Shashua, Mobileye CEO and senior vice president at Intel.
Autonomous vehicle Israeli company Mobileye and German automaker Volkswagen announced a joint infrastructure-project for shared-autonomous vehicles in Israel with the support of the state's government.
Self-driving cars will revolutionize the commercial automobile world, providing safe, clean and emission-free mobility, which is accessible and convenient. Cruise is now testing its autonomous fleet of self-driving Chevy Bolt EVs in San Francisco for its own robotaxi service.
The new venture, known as "New Mobility in Israel", is somewhat different to other programs around the globe in how accepting the Israeli government is of the service.
Even if the Intel self-driving auto service is only happening in Israel, it shows that this tech isn't an anomaly.