Intel Buys Mobileye to Work Extensively on Autonomous Cars
Intel Corp. and Mobileye have been planning to build a fleet of around 100 autonomous vehicles for road tests across Europe, Israel, and U.S.
Intel has recently purchased Mobileye for $15.3 billion and wants to showcase the capability of its software and processors in vehicles for creating Level 4 autonomous vehicles.
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The purpose of using a test fleet is to provide immediate feedback for accelerating the delivery of technology as well as solutions for creating highly and fully autonomous vehicles.The test fleet will
Mobileye’s co-founder Amnon Shashua will be coming to Intel as a part of the buyout package and will work as Senior Vice President in Intel for autonomous vehicle development.
Intel and Mobileye are also working with BMW AG in assembling a fleet of 40 autonomous vehicles that are to be used for road tests late this year.
The 100 vehicle fleet will have a variety of models and all the vehicles will come equipped with cameras, Radar, and LIDAR.
However, Intel hasn’t disclosed the vehicle models that are to be used for the road tests. But, it’s been said that the companies will modify production vehicles from multiple brands with cameras as the primary information source and other sensors will act as important redundancies.
The test vehicles will be fitted with both Intel and Mobileye processors.
The acquisition of Mobileye is likely to help Intel in the field as it is just a newcomer, while with the EyeQ family of processors, Mobileye is currently known to have 70 percent share of the global market for chips and software related to obstacle detection.