Intel’s Mobileye unit plans to build electric buses with its partners in the United States in 2024, in a bid to expand its automated steering systems beyond taxis and delivery vehicles.
According to foreign media, the Telegraph reports, Mobileye, Benteler EV System and Beep will launch driverless buses on demand, which will have from 12 to 14 seats and will be without steering wheel or pedals.
The buses will operate in “geo-circular containment areas” where speed limits are 35 miles per hour or less, said Hinrich Woebcken, a board member for Beep, a mobility service provider.
They expect to have several hundred vehicles on U.S. roads in the first year of launch, with the goal of increasing the number between 10,000 and 15,000 globally.
Mobileye plans to launch robot taxis in Israel and Germany by the end of this year and is awaiting approval from regulators.