Mobileye, an Intel company, has demonstrated an hour-long autonomous driving test ride on the streets and highways of Munich, Germany.
The test was to showcase Mobileye’s crowd-sourced, high-definition mapping technology known as Road Experience Management (REM). The technology is a scalable, sustainable approach to mapping, allowing cars to autonomously drive on highways and urban roads. In the test, Mobileye’s vehicles were deployed in Munich and within a few days were operating in the region using vehicles to build maps before the self-driving cars start driving.
“High-definition maps are crucial to a safe and robust self-driving system,” said Amnon Shashua, president and CEO of Mobileye. “Because it is crowd-sourced across production vehicles in large volume, our Road Experience Management technology satisfies the near real-time and scale challenges necessary for an effective map.”
REM technology can generate data about more than 15 million kilometers of roads daily to build the map and keep it up to date.
In the video, Mobileye’s autonomous vehicle maneuvers around city streets and highways using only a camera-based system. The vehicle reaches up to 130 kilometers per hour, navigates a left turn on green through a busy intersection, moves to avoid and open doors, executes an unprotected left turn, navigates to avoid a bus, changes lanes on the highway, navigates busy streets, moves around a car parallel parking and moves around emergency vehicles.
The vehicle uses a camera-only subsystem that runs two Mobileye’s EyeQ 5 system-on-chips processing 11 cameras. Mobileye’s production Level 4 automated driving solution, which is not part of the car demonstration, includes a second sensing subsystem using radar and lidar.