‘Robotaxis’ soon to be reality of the roads

UNTV News   •   January 9, 2020   •   502

The Continental robo-taxi ‘CUbE’ drives on a street, as it is presented to media at the Continental company premises in Frankfurt Main, Germany, 06 September 2017. Continental presented its driverless taxi shuttle vehicle CUbE – an acronym for Continental Urban Mobility Experience – which according to the German parts supplier company Continental shall provide solutions for the future of urban mobility. EPA-EFE/ARMANDO BABANI

Las Vegas, USA – Robot taxis, or Robo-Taxis, will soon be a reality on the roads in light of advanced tests completed with driverless cars, the company Mobileye said on Wednesday.

A test phase for the project will be held this year in three cities: Paris, Tel Aviv and Daegu City, said Amnon Shashua, the CEO of Mobileye during the CES in Las Vegas, world’s largest consumer electronics fair.

Mobileye, a subsidiary of Intel, develops advanced image detection and processing technology for the automotive industry, with advanced vision-based driver assistance systems that prevent accidents.

Shashua said driverless taxis could be operational by 2025.

In most cases they would be electric vehicles, creating less pollution and reducing the risk of accidents.

Mobileye’s technology for driverless cars is based on computerized cameras that collect constant information about everything surrounding the vehicle.

Only one non-serious driving error has been detected during cumulative tests over 10 million driving hours, the equivalent of driving two hours a day for 10 years.

According to Shashua, the system is able to detect the opening door of a parked car.

He said the technology would be of “great value” to smart cities because the vehicles are able to document the state of the roads – the can detect potholes and unevenness, for example.

The company’s CEO said safety was the prime concern in the development of driverless technology, and while humans can make “assumptions” while driving, vehicles can not – and they are more prudent.

Founded in Jerusalem in 1999, Mobileye was acquired by Intel in 2017.

Its technology has been adopted by the world’s largest car manufacturers.

Over 70 percent of L2 + systems in cars include Mobileye technology, such as the Nissan Pro Pilot 2.0, the Cadillac Supercruise and the BMW KaFAS 4.

Some 170,000 visitors and 4,500 companies were expected to attend the CES in Las Vegas. EFE-EPA



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