Intel announced on March 13 its bid to acquire Mobileye, an Israel-based company which develops technology for autonomous vehicles, for $15.3 billion. The deal was completed on August 8 and, just one day after, Intel announced its bold plan to build a fleet of 100 autonomous vehicles for testing in the United States, Israel, and Europe.
The fleet, which will be built by Mobileye, will feature Level 4 SAE autonomous vehicles, which indicates a "high" level of autonomy, just below the fully automated Level 5 SAE. Also, it will include vehicles from a diversity of brands and types to "demonstrate the technology’s agnostic nature", according to Intel's statement.
Furthermore, by deploying those vehicles across different regions, Intel will be able to prepare its technology for more diverse driving styles, road conditions, and signage. According to Prof. Amnon Shashua, new Intel senior vice president and Mobileye CEO and CTO:
"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."
Intel's uttermost goal is to develop a hybrid solution based on Mobileye and Intel technology to deliver a complete “car-to-cloud” system, which it plans to demonstrate with the deployment of those test vehicles. The first vehicles will be rolled out later this year and Intel plans to "eventually scale to more than 100 automobiles".
Source and image: Intel