Mobileye will launch driverless taxis in 2022


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Intel autonomous vehicle unit Mobileye presented its 6-passenger electric autonomous vehicle at the Munich Motor Show. Mobileye electric autonomous vehicles will operate under the MoovitAV services brand and from 2022 will be used for commercial driverless driving services in Tel Aviv and Munich. The service will be used in collaboration with the international rental company Sixt SE.

The robot taxis will use Chinese NIO electric vehicles, which were recently delivered to Mobileye, and will use the Mobileye Drive self-driving system with 8 EyeQ5 SoCs in AVKIT58. Mobileye will own a fleet of cars, while Sixt will manage and maintain them.

Germany recently passed the Autonomous Vehicles Act, which allows the use of autonomous vehicles on the country’s roads and will allow Mobileye’s robotic taxis to start operating next year as part of a pilot project. Commercial services will require regulatory approval. Despite Mobiley’s statement, it is unclear whether the autonomous taxi services will start operating next year.

Mobileye is also considering offering a future package of electric cars tailored to the specific requirements of autonomous cars. Mobileye is talking to German carmakers about who would produce, what the industry calls a “skateboard” on which the vehicle will be added in a variety of configurations and integrated with Mobiley’s systems.

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said at the Munich Motor Show that by 2030, chips will make up 20% of premium car components, five times their share in 2019.

Founder and CEO of Mobileye, prof. Amnon Shashua estimates that the cost of an autonomous ‘kit’ for an autonomous taxi project is currently around $ 20,000, making it the most suitable for generating revenue in commercial operations.

Shashua estimates that Mobileye will be able to reduce the cost of car kits to about $ 5,000 by 2024, making it suitable for mass production of cars for private owners. The price reduction is due to LIDAR and radar components developed by Intel.

Published by Globes, business news in Israel – en.globes.co.il – September 8, 2021

Copyright by Globes Itonut (1983) Ltd. 2021


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