Israeli company Mobileye, which is part of Intel, has released an impressive video of a one-hour autonomous drive through Munich suburbs. Mobileye, which began developing advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) years ago, has been working on camera-based, fully autonomous driving technology for some time.
Mobileye does not use LiDARs, similar to Tesla or AutoX, and uses a special feature: due to the widespread use of Mobileye technology, the company relies on data delivered to the cloud from installed Mobileye driver assistance systems. In this way, the company solves problems that plague all developers of self-driving technologies: the creation and updating of highly accurate road navigation maps. Mobileye calls this technology Road Experience Management (REM).
In this case, after only a few days, this vehicle was able to perform this one-hour trip without the intervention of the safety driver, without ever having been deployed in Munich before or having to complete a navigation map trip. This example also impressively exposes the false claim about the need for 5G connectivity and vehicle-2-vehicle (V2V) or infrastructure (V2X/V2I), without which autonomous cars could not operate. This assertion is being peddled primarily by European automotive experts, whose arguments are proving to be what they have always been: without factual basis.
From the press statement:
About the AV: The vehicle shown in the video is using a camera-only subsystem of Mobileye’s level-4 development AV. This camera subsystem runs on two of Mobileye’s EyeQ®5 systems-on-chips (SoCs) processing 11 cameras. It’s important to note that Mobileye’s production L4 solution (not shown in this video) includes a second sensing subsystem using radar and lidar for True Redundancy™.
More About Mobileye in Germany: Germany’s independent technical service provider granted Mobileye a permit for AV testing in Germany in July 2020. The permit allows the company to test vehicles in real-world traffic on all German roads at speeds up to 130 kilometers per hour.
Here’s the one-hour, uncut version of the fully autonomous ride.
This article was also published in German.