Next year the first autonomous Volkswagens will be tested in Israel

Volkswagen, Mobileye (acquired by Intel) and Champion Motors announced plans to develop and launch in Israel the first self-driving ride-hailing service, called also Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS).

The joint venture will be started in early 2019 and roll out in phases (from several dozen to hundreds of self-driving electric vehicles) through 2022 when full commercialization should be possible.

Volkswagen Group will be responsible for electric cars and its in-depth knowledge and competency about design and deployment of user-centered mobility services, while Mobileye will provide its level-4 AV Kit – a turn-key, driverless solution comprised of hardware, driving policy, safety software and map data. The third partner - Champion Motors - will run the fleet operations and control center.

Volkswagen, Mobileye and Champion Motors to Invest in Israel and Deploy First Autonomous EV Ride-Hailing Service

Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen Group said: