Israeli company Mobileye commercializing automatic driving software

( Israeli company Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd. has unveiled a car that navigates itself without human driving using camera-based software. New York Times technology reporter John Markoff tested out the self-driving car on a drive from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea, Globes reported.

Click photo to download. Caption: Israeli company Mobileye (logo shown) has released a camera technology that allows cars to drive themselves. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

“I sat in the driver’s seat of an Audi A7 while software connected to a video camera on the windshield drove the car at speeds up to 65 miles an hour,” he wrote. “By blending advanced computer vision techniques with low-cost video cameras, the company is demonstrating how quickly autonomous driving can be commercialized.”

The technology has been offered to auto makers and “as soon as this summer, the first limited systems offering a feature known as ‘traffic jam assist’ will begin arriving from more than five major automobile makers,” according to the New York Times, which added, “Those cars will drive safely in stop-and-go traffic, but will require that drivers keep their hands on the steering wheel.”

Posted on May 28, 2013 .