The Volkswagen group, together with Mobileye and Champion Motors, plans to develop and launch a mobility service in Israel that will use autonomous and electric vehicles.
The development of this project will start at the beginning of 2019 and will be implemented in several phases, until reaching its "full commercialization" in 2022, the group highlighted today in a statement, in which it has emphasized that it is the first service of mobility with autonomous cars in its fleet.
Volkswagen will provide electric vehicles and their "experience in mobility services", while Mobileye (a company belonging to Intel) will provide a complete autonomous driving system with hardware and software.
Specifically, Mobileye will supply a "level 4" technology package that includes a "turnkey solution" of autonomous driving with hardware, driving policies, security software and map data.
Champion Motors will be responsible for the logistics of the fleet and the infrastructure of the development of the service.
The partners of the "New Mobility in Israel" project plan to establish a joint subsidiary, an operation subject to approval by the authorities and responsible bodies. has detailed Volkswagen,
In fact, Volkswagen, Mobileye and Champion Motors will use "New Mobility in Israel" as a "worldwide beta project to test and introduce the 'Mobility as a Service' model using autonomous electric vehicles," said the same source.
The proposal of the three companies was formally accepted by the Israeli government today, during a private ceremony at the Smart Mobility Summit 2018 in Tel Aviv, Volkswagen said.
The government of Israel is committed to support and facilitate legal and regulatory support, share infrastructure and data traffic required and provide access to infrastructure when necessary, explained the manufacturer.
All the facilities and regulations will apply to all the other subsidiaries that wish to operate a mobility service as a service in Israel, the group said.
The CEO of the Volkswagen Group, Herbert Diess, said he believes "firmly" that autonomous electric vehicles will offer Israel and cities around the world a mobility "safe, clean and free of emissions, which is also accessible and comfortable" .