Autonomous Cars: A Reality In Jerusalem Since 2018

 

Intel and its subsidiary Mobileye have started to test 100 autonomous cars with the aim of deploying the fleet to other regions in the coming months.

 
 Intel Corporation

Intel Corporation

 

BY SEPH BRAND
JUN 27, 2018


Do you remember when artificial intelligence used to be just a sci-fi theme? Even as a fiction writer, I find it difficult sometimes to imagine a future without the presence of AI and also, picture what is beyond of that. But the truth is that future in which humans live surrounded by autonomous machines is starting now.  

Intel Corp. announced Thursday that its autonomous driving subsidiary Mobileye, based in Israel, has begun testing 100 autonomous cars in the city of Jerusalem.

The company's plan is to deploy the fleet in the United States and other regions in the coming months, shared the CEO of Mobileye, Amnon Shashua, in a publication on the company's blog. Subsequently, the goal is to deploy autonomous cars on roads by the year 2021.

With these tests, they hope to prove their autonomous vehicles are 1,000 times more secure than human drivers. The reason for having chosen the Israeli city for the tests, in addition to having its headquarters there, is to demonstrate that the technology can work in any geography and under all driving conditions.

 

"Jerusalem is famous for aggressive driving" and does not always have clearly marked roads, the executive said. "You can not have an autonomous car that travels at an excessively prudent speed, congesting traffic or that could cause an accident", he delved into it, adding: "it must drive assertively and make quick decisions as a local driver."

The autonomous cars of Intel and Mobileye have 12 cameras that create a 360º view of the environment, 8 of which have long-range viewing purposes and another 4 serve to park. In addition, a radar and LIDAR technology will be added in the coming weeks, which will be used to measure the distance between a sensor and an object using electromagnetic waves.

"The single-camera phase is our strategy to achieve what we call 'true redundancy' of detection," Shashua explained. "True redundancy refers to a detection system that consists of multiple detection systems designed by independent engineering, each of which can support completely autonomous driving by itself."

On the other hand, Mobileye has signed a contract with a European-based automaker to supply eight million of its cars, Reuters reported on May 17. Among the company's current vehicle partners are General Motors, Nissan, Audi, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Honda and Nio.

With this news we can only conclude that, once again, there is reality in fiction and fiction in reality, and the future is now.

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