JERUSALEM -- Intel's Mobileye expects to launch a trial of robotaxis next year in Israel, the company said.
Intel CEO Officer Bob Swan rode a Mobileye autonomous car through Jerusalem congestion Sunday with pedestrians crossing the street and traffic going both ways, on and off ramps and through roundabouts.
"The most impressive thing is to just to see how far they have come in each one of the successive drives that I have gone on over the last two years," said Swan, adding that it was his third ride in a self-driving car.
Intel announced last October that Mobileye, along with Volkswagen Group and Champion Motor Group, is working to commercialize a robotaxi service. Swan said Sunday the plan is to deploy the self-driving ride-hailing service in Israel first, then expand globally. Software development is expected to be completed by the end of this year.Mobileye is a bright spot among Intel's business lines as the company heads for its first annual sales decline in four years. The chipmaker has said data-center customers have slowed purchases of server processors as they deal with an inventory overhang, and analysts have expressed concern the company is losing market share.