Mobileye, Transdev Autonomous Transport System (ATS) and Lohr Group have formed a strategic collaboration to develop and deploy autonomous shuttles, with on-road testing starting next year (2022) and commercial services expected from 2023.
The companies are integrating Mobileye’s self-driving system into the i-Cristal electric shuttle, manufactured by Lohr Group, with plans to offer the platform to public transportation services across the globe, starting in Europe.
“Our collaboration with Transdev ATS and Lohr Group serves to grow Mobileye’s global footprint as the autonomous vehicle (AV) technology partner of choice for pioneers in the transportation industry,” said Johann Jungwirth, VP of MaaS, Mobileye.
By integrating the autonomous i-Cristal shuttle into Transdev’s existing mobility service networks, the companies aim to improve the efficiency and convenience of mass transportation solutions. Autonomous mobility can be woven into the fabric of transportation networks to distribute service when and where it’s needed, while also optimizing the fleets, lowering transportation costs and improving customer experiences.
Over the next year, Mobileye will work with Transdev ATS and Lohr Group to integrate and deploy i-Cristal autonomous shuttles leveraging Mobileye’s AV technology, Transdev ATS’s technology and Lohr Group’s industrial expertise. The three companies will initially test vehicles on roadways in France and Israel, aiming to ready technology designs for production by 2022. The companies expect to deploy the self-driving i-Cristal shuttles in public transportation networks by 2023.
Mobileye’s Self-Driving System
Mobileye’s self-driving system is a turnkey AV solution that delivers safety via two core concepts: Mobileye’s formal Responsibility-Sensitive Safety model for the safety of the system’s decision making, and a perception system featuring true redundancy whereby two independent subsystems (cameras and radars+lidars) combine to enable robust perception.
The self-driving system can also be deployed without geographical limitation thanks to Mobileye’s Road Experience Management (REM) AV mapping technology through which a proprietary, crowdsourced AV map of the global road network is created and then continuously and automatically updated using data gathered from mass-market advanced driver-assistance systems.