Mobileye is Mapping 28,000 Miles of Spanish Roads a Day for Infrastructure Changes

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【Summary】In anticipation of autonomous cars, Mobileye is mapping 28,000 miles of Spanish roads a day through the country's safety program.

Original Vineeth Joel Patel    Dec 07, 2019 6:30 AM PT
Mobileye is Mapping 28,000 Miles of Spanish Roads a Day for Infrastructure Changes

Waymo and Uber may be the two most well-known companies mapping public roads with autonomous vehicles, but there are many other companies that are doing the same thing around the world. Mobileye is one of the larger global companies looking into autonomous vehicles and it's got the backing of Intel, too, which is its owner. While American companies have focused on individual states, Mobileye has been busy mapping public roads in Spain.

Mapping Spain In The Name Of Safety

Spain's road safety authority, the City of Barcelona, and the Directorate-General for Traffic (DGT) started the Autonomous Ready initiative with the goal of enhancing safety and finding areas where infrastructure can be improved. The vehicles that are traveling on Spain's roads are fully autonomous, but they're fitted with Mobileye's systems that are relay data on what they see to the cloud.

In just the first two months of the program, the city has compiled a fleet of 400 vehicles from 12 local fleets that are all equipped with Mobileye 8 Connect, which is the company's most tech-forward advanced driver-assistance system. These vehicles travel approximately 28,000 miles a day, mapping the city and sending data on the cloud on what the cars see.

Mapping Dangerous Situations

Since the cars hit the road two months ago, Mobileye's systems have detected 240,000 pedestrians and 37,000 cyclists. In addition to detecting pedestrians, the vehicles have avoided 668 "near-miss collisions." All of this is useful information for the city if it's looking to change infrastructure in the future and prepare for autonomous cars.

Beyond helping the city focus on infrastructure changes it needs to make, the data is also being used to make better artificial intelligence systems. The data also gives city officials a closer look at its own roads. "Over time, as these sensors gather more information, city leaders can gain an in-depth understanding of the city's risk profile by identifying patterns of behavior in the daily traffic in which vehicles, bicycles and pedestrian co-exist," claims Intel.

In the future, the city is expecting the number of vehicles on the road to be equipped with Mobileye's equipment will increase to 1,000 in 2020 and to 5,000 within the next three years. Barcelona is giving city fleets some extra incentive to join, too, as things like load and unloading privileges, special parking, and preferred status for access are given to city fleets that join the program

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