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October 30, 2018 10:29 am

Intel’s Mobileye, Volkswagen Plan Israel’s First Autonomous Ride-Hailing Service

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The Mobileye office in Jerusalem, March 13, 2017. Photo: Reuters / Ronen Zvulun.

Volkswagen and Intel Corp’s Mobileye are planning to roll out Israel’s first ride-hailing service using self-driving cars starting early next year.

The two companies are forming a joint venture with Israeli car importer Champion Motors, under which Volkswagen will provide the electric vehicles and Mobileye its autonomous driving technology, the companies said in a statement on Monday.

The service, called “Mobility-as-a-Service,” is expected to be commercialized by 2022, with Champion Motors running the fleet operations and control center.

The Israeli government, which has accepted the proposal, will also support it by sharing required infrastructure and traffic data, the companies said.

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