Fully autonomous Tesla vehicles may not happen anytime soon, but Intel’s Mobileye just gained approval to test self-driving vehicles traveling at up to 80mph in Germany.
Intel acquired the Jerusalem-based self-driving technology company Mobileye back in 2017 with an eye to accelerating innovation in the automotive industry. Now Intel has confirmed that Mobileye gained the required permit from the independent technical service provider TÜV SÜD for automated vehicle (AV) testing across Germany. It’s now possible for Mobileye to legally carry out AV tests anywhere in Germany, be it urban or rural areas, and at speeds of up to 130 kilometers per hour (80mph).
Johann Jungwirth, vice president, Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS), Mobileye, commented, “Mobileye is eager to show the world our best-in-class self-driving vehicle technology and safety solutions as we get closer to making safe, affordable self-driving mobility solutions and consumer vehicles a reality. The new AV Permit provides us an opportunity to instill even more confidence in autonomous driving with future riders, global automakers and international transportation agencies. We thank TÜV SÜD for their trusted collaboration as we expand our AV testing to public roads in Germany.”
Intel sees the permit as allowing Mobileye to take, “another significant step toward the goal of a driverless future.” Ultimately, Mobileye wants to enter the Mobility-as-a-Service business, as well as offering autonomous vehicles for use by consumers. The company believes its Mobileye self-driving system includes, “the industry’s most advanced vision sensing technology, True Redundancy with two independent perception sub-systems, crowd-sourced mapping in the form of Road Experience Management™ (REM™) and its pioneering Responsibility-Sensitive Safety (RSS) driving policy.”
Of course, thecompany needs to prove how good that system really is, which is why the permit for German roads is so important. Mobileye intends to start testing in Munich, but will select other locations across Germany to carry out further tests later this year.