Mobileye, an autonomous vehicle company owned by Intel, says that it has tested its driverless cars on East Coast state streets. The company has been doing this since June.
Mobileye AV Testing Permit
In fact, Mobileye is the first and only company so far to receive a New York AV testing permit. This allows the company’s autonomous vehicles to drive in New York City. It is one of the country’s most rigorous driving environments which is due to high levels of congestion and density.
Mobileye: Commercial Readiness for Autonomous Cars
“Moreover, driving in complex urban areas such as New York City, is a critical step in vetting the capabilities of an autonomous system and thus moving the industry closer to commercial readiness,” said Amnon Shashua. She is the senior vice president of Intel and president and CEO of Mobileye.
Mobileye researchers have, in fact, gained valuable insight into allowing driverless vehicles to operate on New York City streets. Thus how efficiently the company’s autonomous driving system can, therefore, operate in a crowded, urban environment.
Jaywalking in New York City
In fact, for example, the amount of pedestrians and prevalence of jaywalking on New York City streets has, in fact, helped the company assess the autonomous vehicles’ ability to identify and then, therefore, react to the split-second decisions that are often made by the city’s pedestrians.
Traffic Density and Vehicle Diversity
In fact, the city’s traffic density and diversity of vehicle types have provided essential insight into how the vehicles react around other vehicles. For example, this would include buses, taxis, limousines, food trucks, and more.
There are high levels of double parking, which is something autonomous vehicles had a hard time dealing with, according to the company. It has been another invaluable asset to Mobileye’s ongoing research. The company’s vehicles currently take clues from other road users. This is to determine when to maneuver around double-parked vehicles.