Driverless vehicle and ADAS technology company Mobileye says it has taken a key step on the road to the autonomous future of mobility, by obtaining a permit recommendation enabling it to operate its autonomous vehicle technology on German streets.
It says the permit – granted by independent third-party for testing, certification, auditing and advisory service in Germany from TÜV SÜD – makes way for Mobileye to operate Mobileye Drive™-equipped vehicles safety driver on all roads in Germany.
The company says it is taking the next step in “realising new mobility concepts in Germany and beyond” with Mobility-as-a-Service offerings underway with various partners in Munich and Darmstadt, as well as in other projects around Europe.
NIO ES8 vehicles equipped with Mobileye’s self-driving hardware and software are planned to be used in a robotaxi service as well as in the integration of on-demand shuttles into local public transport in Germany.
“We are excited to have taken the next steps in bringing our self-driving technology onto German streets,” says Johann Jungwirth, Senior Vice President, Autonomous Vehicles at Mobileye. “We are thankful for TÜV Süd’s trusted support in expanding our autonomous vehicle technology testing in Germany. This allows us to show our capabilities to consumers, automakers and transportation agencies.”
Giving technical detail, Mobileye says the NIO ES8 is retrofitted with a broad range of sensors and Mobileye’s own autonomous self-driving system Mobileye Drive™ for a defined operational design domain. A set of 13 cameras, plus an independent secondary perception system consisting of six surround radars and three long-range and six short-range surround lidars gives the self-driving vehicle redundant sensing capabilities. The EyeQ™ System-on-Chip provides the necessary computing power to not only process the real-world data but also to make use of Mobileye’s Road Experience Management™ – AV maps – and lean driving policy with the mathematical model for automated driving we call Responsibility-Sensitive Safety™ (RSS™).
This system allows for scalability and different MaaS services like autonomous robotaxis, public-transit shuttles or last-mile goods delivery for defined ODD.
(Picture – Mobileye)