Mobileye is partnering with Parisian metro operator RATP to enable Galaries Lafayette employees to call a robotaxi from anywhere in the city using the Moovit app. It will be the first time Mobileye has used Moovit’s technology after Intel acquired the mobility data startup for around $ 900 million in 2020. The vehicles in the Paris program will initially include a safety driver behind the wheel. Intel and Mobileye are testing a self-driving car fleet without passengers in Munich and have announced that they will start pilot programs in Detroit and Tokyo.
Full commercial deployments According to Jungwirth, robot taxis and robot shuttles should start in 2023 at the latest.
Most of the testing and development activities for autonomous vehicles are concentrated in the United States, particularly the San Francisco Bay Area. But the race for commercialized ride-on robotic taxis fleets has spread to European countries, as governments there have become more proactive about regulation, a major hurdle to its adoption.
Ford Motor Co. and Argo AI, supported by Volkswagen, are running pilot projects in major European cities. BloombergNEF predicts that the number of Robotaxi fleets in Europe excluding the UK will grow to 3.5 million vehicles by 2040. In comparison, a fleet of 6.8 million is forecast in the USA by 2040.
Germany and France are accelerating work on establishing rules that would allow automated vehicles to mingle with regular traffic, Mobileye said.
“In this sense, Europe is a pioneer and we expect the next step to be the European Union,” said Jungwirth. “At the same time, of course, there will be some competition from Singapore and other markets around the world, and we hope that the US will soon follow suit with state regulation.”