Israel’s Mobileye, which is now owned by Intel, develops all manner of new driving tech. It started with video cameras and alarm systems built into cars to warn drivers that they may be getting too close to something in order to avoid a crash. Now Mobileye is in on the self-driving car business and has begun trial runs of these cars in the world’s busiest and fastest city – New York.
Have you ever driven a car through Manhattan at just about any time of a busy day? Have you ever had to deal with being stuck in its midtown traffic and the cray drivers who make it all so dangerous? Were you one of those first timers who was so shocked and scared that you came close to just abandoning your car in the middle of Broadway and running all the way back home?
Well probably not. But many people know just how horrible it is to drive in Manhattan. So maybe handing the keys over to an automated vehicle, a self-driving car, would not be such a bad idea.
Recently Mobileye applied for and received a New York AV testing permit to drive AVs on New York City streets. Mobileye is the only company currently holding an AV testing permit. During both day and nighttime driving, Mobileye’s AV is getting an advanced AV testing experience.
Mobileye declares that their entry into New York City demonstrates the vast capabilities of its AV technology and proves how its unique approach is enabling rapid geographic and economic scalability. Mobileye’s camera-only subsystem AV successfully drove through New York City, on highly congested streets replete with pedestrians, bicyclists, aggressive drivers, double-parked vehicles, construction zones, emergency vehicles, tunnels and bridges, and so forth.
“Driving in complex urban areas such as New York City is a crucial step in vetting the capabilities of an autonomous system and moving the industry closer to commercial readiness,” said Professor Amnon Shashua, senior vice president of Intel and president and CEO of Mobileye.