Mobileye, Israel’s leading developer of obstacle-detection software, has formed a partnership with UK auto parts maker Delphi Automotive Plc and Intel Corp to provide a technology package “system on chip” being developed for self-driving cars. It will be manufactured by 2019, the companies involved have announced.
In late 2018, Intel will begin delivering computer chips powerful enough to run Delphi’s decision-making software – an algorithms that decide how a vehicle should steer, accelerate or brake based on input from the vehicle’s sensors.
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The system Delphi and Mobileye are developing would likely first come to market in a commercial vehicle operating in a limited area, such as an airport shuttle or a ride-hailing service, Glen De Vos, Delphi’s VP engineering, told “Reuters.”
Delphi is testing autonomous driving technology in vehicles in Singapore and hopes to choose a city in the US to launch a test fleet of self-driving cars in 2017, De Vos said. The company is also looking for test site in Europe,
The first demonstration of Delphi and Mobileye self-driving car system will stage at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, De Vos said. That system will use current, electromechanical laser imaging technology, or LIDAR, that is too expensive for use in consumer vehicles, he said.
This is not the first time the Jerusalem-based Mobileye and Intel announce their cooperation. In July 2016 the two companies teamed with German car manufacturer BMW for serial production of self-driving cars by 2021.
In August, Delphi formed a partnership with Mobileye to interpret data produced by its sensors.