The Road to a Driverless Future
The future of driverless automobile production may not be as far around the corner as many anticipated. In Jeruselum, Mobileye Vision Technologies has been test driving a driverless vehicle with the help of their camera-only autonomous driving technology. An Audi A7 equipped with their technology took a cruise to the Dead Sea while a video camera on the windshield drove the car at speeds up to 65 miles an hour.
The technology that Mobileye Vision Technologies is harnessing is much less expensive than that of the widely publicized Google autonomously driving vehicle. However the Mobileye car does not offer the exact same autonomy achieved by Google’s engineers. The Google car has been tested to merge onto freeways, drive safely through intersections and even pass slower vehicles. Compared to the Mobileye vehicle, which is only capable of driving in a single lane at freeway speeds as well as identifying traffic light and automatically slowing down. But by blending advanced computer vision techniques with the low-cost video cameras, Mobileye is demonstrating how quickly autonomous driving can be commercialized.