Israeli automotive tech firm Mobileye, an Intel company, has chosen Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon’s comprehensive cloud platform, as a provider of cloud services for Mobileye’s autonomous vehicle development, including computing, storage, database, analytics, machine learning, and edge computing.
As Mobileye grows workloads on AWS, the organization will build a data lake on Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to ingest, process, and analyze hundreds of petabytes of vehicle data gathered from sensors, images, and video feeds. Insights gained from this data will give Mobileye the ability to fine-tune its technology in significantly shorter cycles and iterate on its autonomous vehicle capabilities, AWS said in a statement.
“AWS gives us the most comprehensive set of services and the best performance so that we can provide our teams with the cloud capabilities required to deliver autonomous vehicles,” said Professor Amnon Shashua, Mobileye’s president and CEO, and VP at Intel. “Making AWS our preferred cloud provider aligns with our overall technical strategy and desired pace of innovation. We are becoming a more agile organization on AWS, and continuing our 18-year history of leveraging the most advanced machine learning and deep learning technologies available.”
VP of worldwide sales at AWS Mike Clayville said, “with AWS, Mobileye is accelerating the introduction of technologies that automate driving tasks to make autonomous vehicles a reality. AWS’s industry-leading services are enabling Mobileye to quickly innovate on top of our highly scalable, fault-tolerant infrastructure.
“Mobileye can now operate at peak performance, glean insights from their data, and speed up the development process required to put self-driving vehicles on the roadway much faster,” he added.
Mobileye is developing cutting-edge driving-assistance technologies and is a world leader in autonomous driving tech. The company was acquired last year by Intel for over $15 billion – the biggest exit by an Israeli company to date. It was founded in 1999 in Jerusalem, where its operations are based, by Shashua and Professor Ziv Aviram.
Late last month, Mobileye said it was partnering with Volkswagen to deploy the first driverless, electric ride-sharing service by next year in Israel, which will serve as a global beta site. The project is dubbed “New Mobility in Israel.”
Mobileye and Intel are part of another significant autonomous vehicle project with BMW Group, since 2016, to make self-driving cars at Level 3 (highly automated driving) and Level 4/5 (fully automated driving) a reality by 2021. In 2017, the three companies signed an agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to be the first automaker to join them in the venture. And earlier this year, Israeli sensor company Innoviz Technologies announced it would begin supplying BMW Group with LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) remote sensing technology for its autonomous vehicle production, as part of the effort.