Intel-Mobileye Begin Testing AV Fleet in Jerusalem

Intel's Mobileye Inks Deal to Supply 8 Million Cars with Self Driving Tech

Neither financial terms, nor the name of the European carmaker, were disclosed.

The system that it's supplying to this unnamed vehicle manufacturer will power partial automation on a variety of its models.

Intel and Mobileye are competing with a number of other chip producers and machine vision systems, including Nvidia, to provide the brains and eyes of standalone cars. Level 3 autonomous vehicles are fully capable of driving under regular conditions but provide up to 10 seconds for a driver to take control in the event that a vehicle is unable to navigate a course.

Mobileye, bought by Intel past year for Dollars 15.3 billion, says about 27 million cars from 25 automakers use some form of power steering and that Mobileye has a market share of more than 70 percent.

Mobileye is estimating that there will be over 100,000 vehicles carrying Level 3 self-driving classification with their chips installed. It's now working with a number of automakers - General Motors, Nissan, Audi, BMW, Honda and Fiat Chrysler among them - on next-gen Level 3 driverless vehicle tech, to debut next year.

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At its Jerusalem headquarters, Mobileye is also testing a more advanced level 4 technology in Ford Fusion hybrid sedans, which uses 12 small cameras and four EyeQ4 chips.

The Level 4 systems will begin being marketed in 2021, but Mobileye adds that many of its technologies will soon be purchasable by consumers.

Shashua said that based on commitments from automakers, self-driving taxis - called robo-taxis - should start hitting roads around 2021.

He noted that about that time, some of the more expensive luxury cars for personal use, and possibly some medium-priced vehicles, will use the same technologies - for an extra cost of about $12,000 per auto. Mobileye was acquired past year by Intel Corp. for a whopping $15.3 billion, and is spearheading Intel's push in the autonomous vehicles sector. The cars drive completely autonomously and are driving every day, he said. Only then will the tests begin on advanced assisted systems.

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