Intel’s Mobileye arm announced a partnership with car rental giant Sixt to launch a fully autonomous robotaxi in Munich, showcasing the technology at the IAA Mobility conference this week – before admitting that the platform does will not be open to the public until regulatory approvals are granted.
The brightly colored vehicle showcased by Intel’s Mobileye division – “I love the color, I love the car,” CEO Pat Gelsinger exclaimed during Chipzilla’s closing speech – is, according to the company , an important step and brings a new sub-brand: MoovitAV, used for Mobileye’s commercial mobility services.
âThis is Mobileye’s first fully electric autonomous production vehicle, and it is capable of fully autonomous SAE level four driving,â said Johann âJJâ Jungwirth, Mobileye vice president for mobility as as service, during a vehicle inspection.
Today, [in] a high-end car, about 4 percent of the nomenclature is semiconductor; estimates by 2030 [say it’ll go up to] 20% … And today you are worried about the semiconductor shortage!
“This is the level four ECU [Engine Control Unit], automotive grade, with all the redundancy, everything you need, and it’s fully developed and engineered by Mobileye, from EyeQ SoCs to hardware and software. The future is here. “
âThis vehicle has two layers of sensors operating independently of each other at the level of perception,â added Amnon Shashua, Managing Director of Mobileye. âThe first layer is cameras. There are 11 cameras around the car, front, rear and around. Some cameras are behind the windshield, some cameras are in the vehicle body, the rear view mirror and some of the cameras are on top of a module.
âThe second layer is made up of long-range LIDAR sensors, using our partner Luminar and short-range, flash LIDARs as well, on the vehicle body, and a few radar sensors that provide the second layer. Now each layer works independently, they do. not rely on each other to get a redundant system. “
While Gelsinger introduced the call and driving in the MoovitAV as part of a pre-recorded video presentation, both companies had to admit that it could be some time before the general public did the same – because they have yet to receive regulatory approvals, a key sticking point that is delaying robotaxi services around the world.
“In June, Germany adopted the world’s first regulatory framework for the safe and scalable deployment of automated vehicles,” Intel member Jack Weast told attendees of the measures under which a planned pilot program in Munich will have place. “It is important to note that it sets clear expectations on the roles and responsibilities of all actors deploying a level four automated vehicle.”
âFor starters,â said Alexander Sixt, co-CEO of the mobility company that bears his name, at the event, âIntel Mobileye and Sixt plan to operate a fleet of all-electric autonomous vehicles here at Munich. Our consumers can flag down their autonomous vehicles via the Sixt app and the Moovit app. “
Well, at some point anyway – but not yet, despite Germany’s permissive law on the subject. “We [will] start with a pilot as early as next year, “Sixt admitted to attendees at the very end of Intel’s main presentation,” obviously starting with an early pilot program – before we begin our appropriate business operations after we have obtained all regulatory approvals.
“I think the cooperation between Intel Mobileye [and Sixt] is really a flagship project for Europe, where we can present first and foremost the technical capabilities of Intel Mobileye, but also our own, and I think this is the basis for future expansion in Germany, in Europe and possibly the whole world. “
Shashua further showcased a consumer vehicle designed for level two driver assistance rather than full range – and revealed how his company hopes to turn driving data into cash. “We use vehicles equipped with our ADAS [Advanced Driver Assistance] large-scale systems, âhe told participants.
“So these driver assistance systems are responsible for sending data at very low bandwidth and creating maps in the cloud – and these maps are like gold, they allow us to drive anywhere. where in the world, but also tell us how humans actually drive. “
Gelsinger also had a say in the tech march, and Intel’s desire to be more strongly represented in what it predicts will be a future of “tire computers” in which 20% of the nomenclature of High-end vehicles will be made entirely of semiconductors. The message to the automotive industry: keep up with the times, a proclamation that has everything to do with the company’s announced investment in European chip manufacturing plants.
The CEO told attendees: “Some might argue that” most of these cars[motive] the tokens are old [process nodes], don’t we need old factories for old nodes? ‘ Do we want to invest in our past or do we want to invest in the future?
âA new factory takes four or five years to build and produce worthy production. It is not an option for solving today’s problems. [chip shortage] crisis. Invest in the future, don’t invest in the back. Instead, we should migrate old designs to new, more modern nodes, putting them in place for more offering and flexibility in the future.
“Today, [in] a high-end car, about 4 percent of the nomenclature is semiconductor; estimates by 2030 [say that will be] 20 percent of the car’s nomenclature, âGelsinger added. “And you worry today about the semiconductor shortage!” A 5-fold increase – an explosion in the amount of semiconductors we have in the automobile. “
Well, he would say no.
The full opening video is available to replay on the Intel website. Â®