One day after completing its acquisition of machine vision company Mobileye, Intel has announced that Mobileye will start building a fleet of autonomous vehicles for testing in the U.S., Israel and Europe.
The first vehicles in the fleet will be deployed later this year with Intel saying it will scale the testing to more than 100 vehicles. The entire fleet will be considered fully autonomous, featuring Level 4 SAE requirements for self-driving cars.
“Building cars and testing them in real-world conditions provides immediate feedback and will accelerate delivery of technologies and solutions for highly and fully autonomous vehicles,” says Amnon Shashua, soon-to-be senior vice president of Intel Corporation and future CEO/CTO of Mobileye. “Geographic diversity is very important as different regions have very diverse driving styles as well as different road conditions and signage. Our goal is to develop autonomous vehicle technology that can be deployed anywhere, which means we need to test and train the vehicles in varying locations.”
The vehicles will combine the capabilities from Mobileye, including computer vision, sensing, fusion, mapping and driving policy with Intel’s open compute platforms and data center and 4G technologies. Intel says it wants to enable a complete “car-to-cloud” platform.
The vehicles will be a cross section of multiple brands and vehicle types in order to test the technology’s agnostic nature, the company says. The goal is to demonstrate the technology in a real-world landscape for current and future customers as well as show off Intel’s concepts in mapping and safety validation.