While at CES in Las Vegas, Mobileye, the self-driving vehicle company, declared a new partnership with Ordnance Survey, a UK-based mapping company. This team up is to help commercialize better and more accurate location information.
Mobileye said almost a million cars are giving mapping data back to the company’s cloud platform, as well as 20,000 aftermarket units. Also, Mobileye has increased the amount of people working on the data since the Intel acquisition.
The company used to have about 780 employees, but now that number is at about 1,400, in Israel alone. The company is actually expanding into Jerusalem with a new building that will hold 2,500 employees, and it’s also building offices for hundreds of engineers on other sites.
Mobileye plans to introduce Israel’s first autonomous ride-hailing service, with Volkswagen and Champion Motors, early next year. Champion Motors will run the fleet and Volkswagen will supply the cars. Mobileye will provide the driving systems, and the Israeli government will share traffic and infrastructure information.
The service will be introduced in phases, starting with a small area of about 11 square kilometers in Tel Aviv. By 2022, the company wants to have a few dozen cars on the road traveling unrestricted. Mobileye wants to expand to all of Israel by 2023. If all goes well, the company plans to start driverless tests in the United States and China. The company has signed deals with BMW, Volvo, Hyundai and others to join Mobileye technology with commercial cars.
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