Semiconductor manufacturing giant Intel’s autonomous driving subsidiary Mobileye announces its plans to launch self-driving taxis in the United States by 2024.
The shuttles, which are aimed for first- and last-mile use cases in metropolitan areas, are expected to enter production in the US soon. Mobileye has partnered with Benteler EV Systems and autonomous mobility solutions developer Beep to launch the on-demand driverless taxis.
According to the company, the self-driving taxis would be completely autonomous SAE Level 4 electric vehicles for use on public roads. The taxis will meet every requirement of the automotive industry and necessary safety standards, making them highly reliable.
Vice President of Mobility-as-a-Service at Mobileye, Johann Jungwirth, said, “The full benefits of autonomy can only be reached with scale. Working with Beep and Benteler, Mobileye aims to mass-produce first- and last-mile self-driving mobility solutions that will enable the convenient, accessible and safe movement of people across North America.”
Mobileye’s industry-leading self-driving system, Mobileye Drive, will underlie Benteler EV Systems’ purpose-built autonomous mover, which will be supported by Beep’s technology and services. Israel-based autonomous driving solutions developing company Mobileye was founded by Amnon Shashua and Ziv Aviram in 1999.
The company is an industry leader in autonomous driving solutions, with over 100 million of its leading computer vision solutions for the established driving-assistance sector shipped.
Officials estimate a few hundred vehicles to be on American roads in the first year of their deployment. Moreover, they aim to increase the number to between 10,000 and 15,000 internationally in the near future.
“Multi Passenger micro-transit needs are ever-increasing in our cities and towns globally and must be addressed in order to reduce road congestion, protect the environment and provide safe, reliable mobility for all to access,” said Advisory Board Member at Beep, Hinrich Woebcken.
He also mentioned that this development would revolutionize the mobility market by offering a low-cost, automotive-grade, electric, self-driving vehicle.