Written by Kfir Kedem – April 20, 2022
Reviewed by Asaf Kedem
Israel – “innovation nation,” as described by ex-Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu – is not only innovating technologies but also its legislation. In March, the country’s parliament gave an official approval for operation of driverless vehicles in the context of pilot testing. Since then, moves were made to make use of the new rules.
Israel Innovation Authority, National Public Transport Authority, Ayalon Highways, and The Transport Ministry all came together to run such a pilot. The pilot will include a line of self-driving buses. This will be run in two phases. Phase 1 will include proposals for the technology and phase 2 will have the autonomous buses operating on the road. The total investment is set to be $6.25 million.
Auto Trendy’s take:
Israel has over 600 automotive-related startups. One example is Mobileye – the autonomous vehicle sensors company that was bought by Intel. Now the country is leading by example by being one of the first nations to implement such a pilot program. Will this encourage even more automotive-related startups to spring up in Israel?