Chinese automobile manufacturer NIO has announced a strategic collaboration with Mobileye, an Intel company that develops vision technology for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving, to develop highly automated and autonomous vehicles (AV) for consumer markets in China and other major territories.
Through the collaboration, Mobileye will design a self-driving system that NIO will engineer and manufacture. The companies say that they will build on Mobileye’s level-4 (L4) AV kit.
“We look forward to building our strategic collaboration with Mobileye in autonomous driving technology development, to further enhance the safety and capabilities of our vehicles, as we strive to be the next-generation car company and the best user enterprise,” says William Li, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of NIO.
According to NIO and Mobileye, the self-driving system that they develop will be the “first of its kind,” as it targets consumer autonomy, and will be engineered for automotive qualification standards, quality, cost, and scale.
NIO will not only mass-produce the system for Mobileye, but the company will also equip its electric vehicle lines for consumer markets, as well as Mobileye’s driverless ride-hailing services, with the technology.
This variant is expected to be released initially in China, with plans to eventually expand into other global markets.
“We are thrilled by the promise and potential of collaborating with NIO on electric autonomous vehicles, for both consumers and robotaxi fleets,” says Prof. Amnon Shashua, Intel. senior vice president and president and CEO of Mobileye.
“We value the opportunity to bring greater road safety to China and other markets through our efforts and look forward to NIO’s support as Mobileye builds a transformational mobility service across the globe.”