Intel acquired an Israeli based auto-visual company named as Mobileeye back in March. Now the mighty chipmaker announced that it will build a fleet of Level 4, fully self-driving vehicles for testing in the US, Israel, and Europe. The company aimed to bring the first vehicles on the road later this year, and the fleet will eventually extend up to more than 100 automobiles.
The Level 4 autonomous stands for, that the vehicles will be efficient to hand most of the driving situation themselves. However, Level 5 is believed to be mostly theoretical and covers complete automation in any circumstances.
Intel acquired Mobileye for $15.3 billion and that deal just sealed up on Tuesday. This acquisition suggests some aggressive moves in near future by the chipmaker in this emerging self-driving market. Intel also said earlier, that it will spend $250 million over the next two years on the development of autonomous vehicles.
Moreover, Intel is already partnered up with BMW and Delphi, a major supplier of advanced vehicle software and electronics. Mobileye also provides cameras for use in a range of Audi’s vehicles such as Q7, A4 / A5 series, and the new Q5. Intel’s correspondent did not immediately respond to queries about which manufacturer would be constructing Intel’s new self-driving cars. Earlier, Intel revealed that its first 40 vehicles deployed for public trials would be BMW 7 series.
“Building cars and testing them in real-world conditions provides immediate feedback and will accelerate delivery of technologies and solutions for highly and fully autonomous vehicles,” said Amnon Shashua, soon-to-be senior vice president of Intel and future CEO / CTO of Mobileye. “Geographic diversity is very important as different regions have very diverse driving styles as well as different road conditions and signage. 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.”