Mobileye, an Intel subsidiary of self-driving car solutions, has begun testing its own autonomous driving systems on New York City’s public roads.
This was announced by Amnon Shashua, president and CEO of the company, at an event held in the city on Tuesday. He said the company is currently testing two autonomous vehicles in New York, but plans to increase the number to seven “in the next few months.”
New York City streets are considered some of the most dangerous, busy and worst regulated in the world. There are a lot of pedestrians, cyclists, cars at the side of the road, parked in two, and sometimes in three rows. But Shashua said that all this was taken into account when deciding where vehicles with the Mobileye system will be tested. “I think it is very, very difficult for a person to drive a car in New York, – noted Shashua, – not to mention a robotic machine. “
While other states have been testing self-driving cars for a long time, New York City has been left out, in part because of strict regulations that include requiring drivers on the robo car to keep their hands on the wheel at all times. Moreover, there is a requirement for the constant escort of the self-driving car by the state police, paid by the company.
A Mobileye spokesman said the company has received state approval to test its vehicles on public roads and is currently the only one to do so. He also stated that police escorts are no longer required. It is too early to say how much this is true, since no confirmation has yet been received from the state authorities.
According to Shashua, Mobileye’s autonomous driving system is based on two subsystems: one uses 12 cameras and no other sensors, and the other includes lidar and no-camera radar. Later this year, the company will merge the two subsystems into a coherent whole.
The camera-only system will be implemented as an Advanced Level 2 Driver Assistance System in Zeekr, China’s new electric vehicle brand, Geely. This will give Mobileye the ability to collect more data that can be used in the future to improve the system. So far, nothing has been reported about the implementation of the lidar system.
The Mobileye system also includes two of the latest EyeQ chips and a crowdsourced program called Road Experience Management (REM), which uses real-time data from Mobileye-equipped vehicles to build a global 3D map.
The company is testing autonomous vehicles in various cities around the world with the aim of possibly launching a robotic taxi service. She stated that by 2025 it will begin to implement its technologies in cars for the consumer market. Earlier this year, Mobileye announced that it would launch a full-fledged self-driving delivery service in 2023.
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