Intel to test fleet of 100 autonomous cars
American computer chip giant Intel announced it will roll out this year a fleet of more than 100 autonomous driving cars, spread over Israel, Europe and the United States. Intel is rounding up the 15 billion take over of Israeli high tech automotive security system supplier Mobileye.
Amon Shashua, co-founder of Mobileye and running the now Intel-owned company said: “Putting together a fleet of cars and testing them in real live conditions will allow us to develop new technologies for the completely autonomous car. Our aim is to develop this technology and roll it out everywhere”.
Building systems, not cars
Mobileye is specialized in sensors and driving aid systems, but doesn’t build cars of its own. Intel didn’t mention which car brands will be used for the fleet of autonomous cars yet. It looks BMW is one of the favourites.
BMW announced in January at the CES technology trade show in Las Vegas that it will be producing in the second half year of 2017 around 40 self-driving cars with partners Intel and Mobileye.
Car manufacturers like Tesla, which equips its cars with an ‘Autopilot’ to become a fully self driving car when green light is given for their usage, are working on the technology too. German car maker Daimler and automotive tech company Bosch announced in April a project for an autonomous car “by the beginning of the next decade”.
Other non-automotive companies, like Apple, Googles’ Waymo and Uber are testing self driving car systems too. In California alone 34 companies were given permission to test autonomous cars on the roads.