Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Intel's automotive business Mobileye wins contract for 8 million self-driving vehicles

Intel's automotive business Mobileye wins contract for 8 million self-driving vehicles

Intel and Mobileye, an Intel Company, announced on May 17, 2018, that they are testing the first cars in a 100-car autonomous vehicle fleet on the streets of Jerusalem to demonstrate Intel's approach to making safe autonomous driving a reality.

The financial terms of the agreement and the name of the automaker was not disclosed.

This deal marks the intended acceleration of carmakers and suppliers in introducing automated driving tasks like emergency braking and highway driving for generating revenue. The model will be a new version of EyeQ4, which will be implemented in the coming weeks, said Erez Dagan, Mobileye's senior vice president for advanced development and strategy. "We would like to formalize these things in advance to allow machines not to get into risky situations to begin with".

The future system will be available on a variety of the automaker's auto models that will have partial automation - where the vehicle is automatically driven but the driver must stay alert - as well as models integrating a more advanced system of conditional automation. As for providing brains and eyes for the automated systems, Nvidia and several other manufacturers of the chip and machine vision system are on the race with Intel's Mobileye.

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There are some 27 million cars on the road from 25 automakers that use some sort of driver assistance system and Mobileye has a market share of more than 70 percent, the company told Reuters.

At level 3, the auto is standalone, but the driver takes about 10 seconds to take over if the system cannot continue. The Level 3 technology is set to start rolling out by the next year, and Mobileye is working with many automakers to make it a success.

Mobileye already has a long list of customers using its technology for advanced driver aids, these include the likes of General Motors, Honda, BMW, Audi, Nissan, and more. Mobileye is looking to begin produce what it calls "Level 4" systems, in which 12 cameras and four EyeQ4 chips are installed in a vehicle in order to allow the auto to navigate on its own. Eight of the cameras are for long-range viewing and four for parking.

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