ISRAEL, 2018 - For a test drive in October, while the journalist Bloomberg was sitting in a passenger seat ,the driverless car merged into traffic on a highway. For some time drivers did not want to let the vehicle join the lane - which is typical for Israeli drivers - but then it moved, smoothly, but firmly.
The driver did not touch the steering wheel or brakes for 20 minutes.
Like rival companies, Mobileye also encountered problems. At the time of a press conference in the city Jerusalem, a fully automated car ran a red light. The problem occured because of the electromagnetic disturbance caused by wireless transmitters from the television crew cameras. The company claims that the problem has already been resolved since then.
Mobileye emphasizes and develops the importance of security. They are aware that people otherwise will not accept the idea of a car without a driver.
BILLIONS OF DOLARS
Billions of dollars are devoted to the development of autonomous technology, and giants in the field of automobile and technology production are competing in who will first introduce a fully automated, safe vehicle to the masses. Mobileye's technological advances will be used by well-known automobile manufacturers BMW and Fiat for the development of automated vehicles.
Despite the fact that so far the automated vehicles (Uber and Tesla vehicles) have claimed two deaths, most candidates expect their cars to occasionally ride along the city streets within three years.
Without the safety model, the development of an automated vehicle remains at the level of a "scientific project", said Mobileye's director, Amnon Sashua, who created a security code that clearly defines the rules for mathematical model errors.
An Israeli company presents a challenge and an opportunity for Intel to break the dependence on the manufacture and development of personal computing processors. Despite Intel's connection with Mobileye, the production of microchips for the development of automated vehicles has been shifted to competing companies and not produced within Intel production factories.
Six months ago, Mobileye repurposed a couple of Intel engineers and began to develop new digital radars for the next generation of Mobileye chips. "There are tremendous opportunities to build a new generation of sensors that are far beyond today's science," says Shashua.
Mobileye currently provides an automotive driver assistance system - a camera and a custom chip that predicts when a collision could happen and alerts the driver with sound and graphic warnings.
The difference between Mobileye, Intel and other companies that develop automated vehicles is that Mobileye and Intel are working to create systems that gradually prepare and introduce drivers to the future of automotive driving, while other companies are devoted only to the production of a fully automated vehicle.