Mobileye, mobility companies will launch autonomous shuttles in the United States in 2024

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Mobileye, the Jerusalem-based driver assistance technology developer acquired by Intel Corporation for $15.3 billion in 2017, has partnered with two mobility companies to develop and deploy fully electric self-driving shuttles (SAE level 4) in the United States in 2024, the Israeli company announced this month.

The shuttles are intended for first and last mile use cases in public and private communities across North America, according to an announcement from Intel.

Mobileye will partner with German electric mobility unit Benteler EV Systems and Florida-based Beep Inc., a MaaS (mobility as a service) provider that offers solutions that plan, deploy and manage advanced autonomous shuttles.

The electric shuttles, which will be powered by Mobileye’s Mobileye Drive self-driving system, will feature 12 to 14 seats and no steering wheel or pedal, according to Reuters. Benteler and Beep will supply the electric shuttles designed to meet automotive industry and safety standards for use on public roads. The shuttle will be supported by Beep’s proven systems, technology and deployment and operations services.

Benteler EV Systems, Beep Inc. and Mobileye, on February 14, 2022, announced a strategic collaboration to develop and deploy all-electric, self-driving, automotive-grade movers in public and private communities across North America. Courtesy of Benteler

They expect to have a few hundred vehicles on US roads in the first year of their rollout, aiming to increase the number to between 10,000 and 15,000 worldwide, Mobileye executives told Reuters .

The project aims to help address ‘micro-transit’ inequalities in first and last mile transport networks, including traffic congestion, road safety and access to mobility.

Together, the trio “can address end-to-end requirements for autonomous vehicle development and deployment with skills spanning scalable vehicle development, end-to-end systems integration, autonomous driving platforms and turnkey mobility operations technology and management,” the Intel announcement said.

The shuttles will operate in “confined geo-fenced areas” where speed limits are 35 miles per hour or less, said Hinrich Woebcken, a member of Beep’s advisory board and former CEO of Volkswagen North America, according to Reuters. .

“The needs for multi-passenger micro-transit are constantly increasing in our cities and towns around the world and must be taken into account in order to reduce traffic congestion, protect the environment and provide safe and reliable mobility accessible to all. “, Woebcken said. “Bringing an autonomous, electric, car-grade, affordable mover to market is a solution that will transform mobility as we know it today.”

“The full benefits of autonomy can only be achieved on a large scale. Together with Beep and Benteler, Mobileye aims to mass-produce first- and last-mile autonomous mobility solutions that will enable the convenient, accessible and safe movement of people across North America,” said Johann Jungwirth, Vice President of Mobility-as-a-Service at Mobileye.

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Mobileye’s autonomous vehicle fleet in Israel. (Courtesy of Mobileye, an Intel company)

“Autonomous movers are the solution for future public transport, solving mobility challenges related to increasing urbanization and emissions,” said Marco Kollmeier, managing director of Benteler EV Systems, a company well known for its first-class engineering, excellent vehicle integration and comprehensiveness. manufacturing expertise in the electric vehicle market,

Benteler EV Systems will develop a self-contained engine and integrate all individual subsystems into the final vehicle. This includes the industrialization and production of the mover. Production will take place in the United States with ambitions to roll out the mover to other countries to help deliver the mobility of the future, according to the announcement.

For its part, Beep has successfully tested autonomous electric shuttles in numerous public road projects for tens of thousands of users on tens of thousands of kilometers of road in 2021 alone. It is estimated that the service and the company’s technology have avoided many cubic tons of carbon emissions by replacing fossil fuel-based public transit services with cleaner electric vehicles. Beep has worked closely with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on its autonomous vehicle testing programs and is applying those years of learning to help design the new platform with a focus on safety. .

“Beep’s well-established U.S. footprint for our autonomous mobility operations model, which incorporates machine learning, contextual route intelligence, and Beep’s existing centralized command center platform, combines with the manufacturing expertise from Benteler and Mobileye to make this the first alignment of all the capabilities needed to successfully scale the deployment of this important passenger mobility transformation,” said Joe Moye, CEO of Beep.

Driving autonomous driving projects around the world

Mobileye, a leader in autonomous driving solutions, has delivered over 100 million of its computer vision solutions for the established driver assistance market.

With one of the most dispersed autonomous fleets in the world, operating in Israel, Germany, Japan, China, France and the United States, Mobileye is proving the capabilities of its Mobileye Drive autonomous driving system.

Specifically, the Jerusalem-based company added Paris to the list of cities around the world where it has ongoing pilot projects for its self-driving technology. These cities include New York, Detroit, Tokyo, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Munich, where Mobileye will launch autonomous “robotaxis” this year.

Mobileye launches an autonomous pilot in Paris

Passengers participating in the pilot will be able to travel in a Mobileye AV (autonomous vehicle) using the Moovit smartphone app, which was developed for a consumer ride-sharing service with Mobileye. Israeli smart transport data company Moovit was acquired by Intel last year for $900 million.

Mobileye began testing its autonomous vehicles in Munich, Germany in 2020 after obtaining an AV test permit recommendation. It was the first city in Europe to endorse the pilot. Mobileye has had an ongoing pilot in Israel testing autonomous vehicles since 2018.

In December, Intel announced it would take Mobileye public in 2022 in a deal that could value the Israeli unit at more than $50 billion. Intel acquired Mobileye in 2017 for a whopping $15.3 billion, Israel’s largest ever deal at the time.

Mobileye was founded in 1999 and went public in 2014 on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), before being acquired by Intel. The company has scaled autonomous vehicle (AV) test programs in several cities around the world, among other projects, and unveiled its production robotaxi. The company has also secured multiple deals for mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) programs in 2023 and production designs for consumer and business-to-business vehicles or its autonomous driving system in 2024.

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