Intel to build a fleet of over 100 self-driving test cars starting later this year

Intel is moving rapidly to ramp its autonomous driving technology attempts now that it has closed its acquisition of Mobileye, the Israeli self-driving sensor and computing company. The plan is to build a fleet of over 100 exam vehicles with SAE Level 4 capabilities( fully self-driving) with the first of those hitting roads afterward this year.

The test fleet is designed to show off Intel and Mobileyes hybrid autonomous driving software system, which it hopes to offer as an industry supplier for a range of different applications and uses. The test fleet will accordingly include different vehicle brands and kinds, the company tells, to help show that the platform itself is open for use in basically any applications.

Intels test fleet is going to be a sales tool for the company for potential partners and clients, but the company tells itll also be used for safety validation and for working with regulators on meeting transportation rule requirements. Data collected from fishing fleets will help with that, as well as with improving the technology over time.

Testing with the vehicles will be conducted in the U.S ., Mobileyes “countries ” of Israel, and in other parts of Europe. Other companies including Waymo and GMs Cruise also maintain active exam fleets for autonomous vehicles, and if Intels serious about being a primary player in this market, preserving its own fleet is basically table stakes at this stage. The company opened an Autonomous Driving Garage in San Jose in May, and that will likely figure as a key centre of operations for managing this new vehicle fleet.

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