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UAE, Israeli Firms Team up to Roll Out Self-Driving Cars

The strategic cooperation between the Jerusalem-based company will bring mapping technologies for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), self-driving vehicles and smart city solutions to the UAE. Mobileye already has agreements to deploy its technology in cities in Japan, South Korea, France and Israel.

“Dubai is one of the most advanced cities in world and its a natural choice to launch the Mobileye’s ADAS, autonomous driving and smart city solutions to the UAE,” said Amnon Shashua, senior vice-president at Intel Corporation and President and CEO of Mobileye.

The companies intend to establish a long-term cooperation for the deployment of mobility solutions in the UAE based on Mobileye’s autonomous vehicle (AV) technology.

Vehicles equipped with Mobileye technology deployed in the region will harvest smart city data to help municipalities and businesses gain valuable insights while improving the safety of roads for citizens and laying the foundation for a future driverless Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) solution.

The companies will start by equipping 1,000 cars with Mobileye’s system to map Dubai and collect data.

Testing of the autonomous vehicles will begin in 2021 and a pilot programme is expected by the end of 2022. A commercial service is planned for 2023 with a target of a few hundred vehicles within five years.

Innovation steps:

The collaboration to advance smart city solutions and commercialise driverless mobility services in the UEA will contain four major innovation steps:

Smart City Solutions: Beginning in early 2021, Al Habtoor Group expects to equip vehicles with Mobileye 8 Connect, a collision avoidance system that collects valuable insights for safer driving, autonomous vehicle mapping and city planning. Through Mobileye’s Road Experience Management (REM) technology, vehicles will become intelligent agents on the road, capable of harvesting important information to improve the efficiency of cities, the livelihood of citizens and the success of Al Habtoor businesses. The information will offer unique visibility into a wide range of issues, from road conditions and the status of assets to traffic jams and accident-prone areas.

AV Testing: Later in 2021, Mobileye-powered autonomous vehicles are expected to be deployed in Dubai to begin public-road testing, leveraging HD maps created and insights gained from the Al Habtoor fleets to prime the region for future driverless mobility solutions.

MaaS Testing: In 2022, Mobileye and Al Habtoor are expected to start an early-rider programme to test its MaaS offering. Mobileye will support Al Habtoor Group with the infrastructure of back-office, tele-operation and mobility intelligence, as well as final validation to prepare for a commercialized service.

Driverless MaaS Launch and Scaling: Building on insights gained during the first three phases of the collaboration, the parties will seek to jointly launch and commercialize a Mobileye-powered driverless mobility service for UAE consumers in 2023.  

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