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Mobileye adds fresh updates to big driverless vision

Separately at IAA, Mobileye revealed a new partnership with German parts supplier Schaeffler. The two companies will jointly develop a skateboard that could be used to underpin future robotaxis and shuttles and perhaps other vehicles containing Mobileye’s Level 4 automated system, known as Mobileye Drive.

Combined, the Sixt and Schaeffler announcements build upon Mobileye’s portfolio of partnerships around planned autonomous transportation services. Previously, Mobileye had inked a deal with delivery service Udelv and self-driving shuttle providers Transdev and Lohr.

That’s the self-driving side of Mobileye’s business equation. On the driver-assist front, the company already provides camera-based driver-assist features and chips to more than two dozen global automakers.

Next month, an enhanced version of those systems, called SuperVision, is scheduled to enter production with Geely on its premium Zeekr electric SUVs. By 2025, Mobileye and Geely hope to offer conditional Level 4 automated systems in Zeekr vehicles.

For now, humans remain behind the wheel and responsible for vehicle operations when SuperVision is enabled, but the system allows for hands-free driving and self-parking capabilities. It’s powered by two of Mobileye’s EyeQ5 systems on a chip and uses 11 cameras.

Shashua says with humans there to provide oversight, a camera-only system can work as an enhanced driver-assist system. When it comes to building a vehicle capable of self-driving operations — those in which humans have no role in driving — an additional Mobileye hardware subsystem made up of nine lidar sensors and six radars provides a cross-check of the camera system.

“We can power a full self-driving vehicle with only cameras, but we feel at this point in time, it’s not safe enough,” he said. “So in addition to computer vision, we build another layer to create redundancy. … That layer of redundancy gives us this additional robustness that we need in order to go and prove we’ll be much better than human statistics.”

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