Mobileye, an Israeli autonomous company owned by Intel, has demonstrated its technology by navigating through the streets of Jerusalem by using only twelve onboard cameras and no other advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The twenty-minute journey showcased the ability of the tech as the vehicle steered clear of pedestrians, preformed lane changes in traffic and crossed intersections without traffic lights.
The majority of self-driving car companies pair cameras with additional sensors, making this demonstration an important one. According to the company, cars equipped with Mobileye technology can take 2D camera images and create 3D models, allowing the driving system to get a better feel for the environment around it.
The vision only tech is also able to seamlessly merge with additional ADAS systems such as lidar and raidar. Mobileye was fitted in twelve of the sixteen vehicles which have received a five-star score from The European New Car Assessment Programme in 2018.
The processing is credited to two of the company’s EyeQ5 chips which the Mobileye website provides more insight on, explaining they “go to the next performance level, enabling processing of more than sixteen multi-mega-pixel cameras and other sensors. Its computational power targets 15 trillion operations per second while drawing only 5-6 watts in a typical application.ADAS and especially high levels of autonomous driving require an unprecedented level of focus on functional safety. EyeQ® devices are developed to be designed into systems that require the highest grade of safety in automotive applications.”
The demonstration was seen as an important step forward as car manufacturers continue to roll-out autonomous systems, moving closer towards a driverless future.