The head of driver-assistance system maker MobilEye has said that the company ended its relationship with Tesla because the firm is "pushing the envelope in terms of safety." That's the controversial quote that CEO Amnon Shashua gave to Reuters explaining why its years-long partnership was axed just when it began to bear fruit. Unfortunately, a fatal collision between a Model S and a box truck on a Florida highway this June made MobilEye reconsider its position. Given how instrumental MobilEye was in developing Autopilot, it's a surprise to see Sashua effectively talk down his company's product. He added that the technology is "not designed to cover all possible crash situations in a safe manner," and that Autopilot is a "driver assistance system and not a driverless system."
While many large technology and car manufacturers are building self-driving cars from the ground up, an increasing number of off-the-shelf systems will allow plenty of other models to take to the road without a driver. The latest such project is a newly announced partnership between the GM tech spinoff Delphi Automotive and Israeli machine vision company Mobileye. Both companies are no stranger to self-driving car technology: they both supply sensors and software to big-name automakers, including the technology behind Volvo's vehicle detection systems and, until recently, Tesla's Autopilot. But while both companies work closely with car manufacturers--Mobileye is working with BMW to put an autonomous car on the road by 2021, for instance--other large automakers, such as Ford, are building systems in-house. Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, the pair plans to invest "several hundred million dollars" in developing an off-the-shelf autonomous driving system, presumably for use by automakers who don't have the capacity or inclination for such research and development.
Self-driving features have been creeping into automobiles for years, and Tesla (TSLA) even calls its autonomous system "full self-driving." That's hype, not reality: There's still no car on the market that can drive itself under all conditions with no human input. But researchers are getting close, and automotive supplier Mobileye just announced it's deploying a fleet of self-driving prototypes in New York City, to test its technology against hostile drivers, unrepentant jaywalkers, double parkers, omnipresent construction and horse-drawn carriages. The company, a division of Intel (INTC), describes NYC as "one of the world's most challenging driving environments" and says the data from the trial will push full self-driving capability closer to prime time. In an interview, Mobileye CEO Amnon Shashua said fully autonomous cars could be in showrooms by the end of President Biden's first term.
Silicon Valley giant Intel on Wednesday announced plans for a fleet of self-driving cars following its completion of the purchase of Israeli autonomous technology firm Mobileye. A day after closing the $15 billion deal to buy Mobileye, which specializes in driver-assistance systems, Intel said it will begin rolling out fully autonomous vehicles later this year for testing in Europe, Israel, and the US. The fleet will eventually have more than 100 vehicles, according to Intel. Silicon Valley giant Intel on Wednesday announced plans for a fleet of self-driving cars following its completion of the purchase of Israeli autonomous technology firm Mobileye. Mobileye's software, which reads inputs from cameras, radar, and laser sensors and makes decisions on what an autonomous car should do.
Mobileye and Delphi Automotive have teamed up to work on autonomous vehicle technology. Two of the world's top self-driving tech firms are joining forces to deliver a fully autonomous, ready-to-install system for vehicles by 2019. Driven to distraction: Why IBM's Watson is getting onboard with self-driving vehicles and impatient passengers IBM has teamed up with Local Motors for a new autonomous vehicle. Here's how it will handle difficult passengers - and why you won't be able to buy one. Mobileye, the Israeli software firm that until recently supplied chips to support Tesla's Autopilot system, is teaming up with UK-headquartered Delphi Automotive, which counts GM and VW among its major customers.