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Volkswagen and Mobileye start in 2019 self-driving taxi

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Volkswagen and Mobileye will start a taxi service in Israel next year, which consists of self-driving cars from the German car manufacturer. Mobileye is a company that specializes in autonomous driving and was acquired by Intel last year.

For the project Volkswagen and Mobileye set up a joint venture called ‘New mobility in Israel’. As part of the collaboration, Volkswagen is supplying the electric cars, while Mobileye is responsible for the autonomous driving technology, including the hardware, software and the required geographical data, through its own so-called ‘AV Kit’. A third company, Champion Motors, will manage and manage the fleet of electric cars.

The development of the project starts sometime early next year and needs to be gradually scaled up so that the taxi service can be used for commercial purposes in 2022. The intention is that the number of used vehicles is gradually increased from a few dozen to several hundred cars. The Israeli government supports the project.

In an e-mail to The Verge , Intel reports that this project is not a pilot and that the joint venture aims to achieve a mobility-as-a-service with a level of autonomy of level 4 or 5. At level 4 there is no human driver within certain limits where intervention is no longer necessary, while level 5 represents the future of a situation of no driver without any restrictions.

It is not yet clear in which Israeli city or cities the taxi service becomes available or where the first test drives take place. Nor has it been announced which Volkswagen car is available for the service. It concerns existing Volkswagen models.

The originally Israeli company Mobileye was taken over by Intel in 2017 for an amount of 14 billion euros. The head office of the company is administratively located in the Netherlands, but the main activities take place in Israel. Intel and Mobileye are already conducting tests in Jerusalem , where the aim is to create a redundant system consisting of multiple subsystems that can independently provide autonomous driving. The chip is the EyeQ4-soc, which offers a processing power of 2.5 tera-op / s at a tdp of 6W.

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