Mobileye Adds New Details to Upcoming Driverless Path
Elsewhere, this regulatory environment may be less welcoming. In June, Mobileye began testing autonomous vehicles in New York City. But Shashua said a proposed city clearance process for AV testing threatens the company’s prospects in the Big Apple. The authorizations remain under discussion.
“If these proposals are accepted, then there is nothing to do in New York,” he said. “We’ll have to stay somewhere else.… They want test-level vendors – with a security pilot – to say the system is as good as humans without creating KPIs. [key performance indicators] that we can identify with. This opens up a quagmire of problems. “
Separately at the IAA, Mobileye revealed a new partnership with German OEM Schaeffler on Monday. The two companies will jointly develop a skateboard that could be used to support future robots and shuttles, and possibly other vehicles containing Mobileye’s level 4 automated system, known as Mobileye Drive.
Combined, Sixt and Shaeffler’s announcements build on the company’s portfolio of partnerships around planned autonomous transport services. Previously, Mobileye had signed an agreement with the delivery service Udelv and the autonomous shuttle providers Transdev and Lohr.
This is the self-driving side of Mobileye’s business equation. On the driver assistance front, the company is already supplying camera-based driver assistance features and chips to more than two dozen global automakers. Next month, an upgraded version of these systems called SuperVision is expected to go into production with Geely on its premium Zeekr electric SUVs. By 2025, Mobileye and Geely hope to deliver Level 4 conditional automated systems in Zeekr vehicles.
For now, humans remain behind the wheel and responsible for vehicle operations when SuperVision is activated, but the system allows for hands-free driving and automatic parking capabilities. It is powered by two of Mobileye’s EyeQ5 systems on a chip and uses 11 cameras.
Shashua says that with humans there for surveillance, a camera-only system can function as an enhanced driver assistance system. When it comes to building a vehicle capable of performing autonomous driving operations – those in which humans have no role in driving – an additional Mobileye hardware subsystem consisting of nine lidar and six radar allows a cross check of the camera system.
“We can power a fully autonomous vehicle with just cameras, but we think at this point it’s not safe enough,” he said. “So in addition to computer vision, we are building another layer to create redundancy. … This layer of redundancy gives us that extra robustness we need to prove that we will be much better than human statistics. “