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May 28, 2013 2:25 pm

Israeli Company Mobileye Commercializing Automatic Driving Software

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Israeli company Mobileye (logo shown) has released a camera technology that allows cars to drive themselves. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org Israeli company Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd. has unveiled a car that navigates itself without human driving using camera-based software. New York Times technology reporter John Markoff tested out the self-driving car on a drive from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea, Globes reported.

“I sat in the driver’s seat of an Audi A7 while software connected to a video camera on the windshield drove the car at speeds up to 65 miles an hour,” he wrote. “By blending advanced computer vision techniques with low-cost video cameras, the company is demonstrating how quickly autonomous driving can be commercialized.”

The technology has been offered to auto makers and “as soon as this summer, the first limited systems offering a feature known as ‘traffic jam assist’ will begin arriving from more than five major automobile makers,” according to the New York Times, which added, “Those cars will drive safely in stop-and-go traffic, but will require that drivers keep their hands on the steering wheel.”

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