The Jerusalem Post

Mobileye tests self-driving vehicles in ‘headache-filled’ New York City

- • By TINA BELLON

Israel’s Mobileye on Tuesday said it was testing self-driving vehicles in New York City, including the bustling Manhattan borough, in an effort to prove its technology can handle jaywalkers, constructi­on zones – and even horse carriages.

Mobileye Chief Executive Amnon Shashua said the company has begun testing camera-only vehicles in New York City in recent weeks. It is currently testing one car, with plans to add a second one later this year, a spokeswoma­n said.

“It’s really a huge headache to test here in New York City,” Shashua said at a news briefing, listing a range of driving challenges in the nation’s most populous city, including light pollution at night, aggressive driving, cars that are double-parked and pedestrian­s ignoring

traffic rules.

Shashua said the ability to navigate the city’s streets is a crucial step toward commercial­izing autonomous vehicles that can handle a range of driving environmen­ts.

Mobileye had received a testing permit from New York state after supplying officials with all the data from self-driving programs the company has previously launched in other cities, he said.

General Motors’ self-driving unit Cruise received a similar permit in 2017, but ultimately abandoned its plans to test vehicles in New York City after Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed concerns over safety.

The mayor’s office and the city’s transporta­tion department did not immediatel­y respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.

Mobileye on Tuesday shared a 40-minute unedited video of one of its vehicles driving down Park Avenue along the East Side of Manhattan and through the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, showing a person in the driver’s seat with his hands on his lap, below the steering wheel. (Reuters)

 ??  ?? A MOBILEYE DRIVERLESS car is seen outside Nasdaq MarketSite in Time Square on Tuesday. (Jeenah Moon/Reuters)
A MOBILEYE DRIVERLESS car is seen outside Nasdaq MarketSite in Time Square on Tuesday. (Jeenah Moon/Reuters)

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