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MobilEye has a larger fleet, with 100 million chips sold, and they just did deals with more car OEMs which will result in 50 million more cars using their latest chips. Unlike Tesla, they can’t constantly update the software in the cars, nor get them to report the volumes of data Tesla can ask because the carmaker customers pay for the mobile data. MobilEye is famous for having built ADAS with a camera (and optional radar) where previously it was an expensive radar. They are camera-centric, but believe LIDAR and radar provide important, though secondary functions.

  1. Based on Mobileye’s rich experience in driver-assist systems across 150+ million vehicles globally, Mobileye Drive brings years of expertise to autonomous mobility using reliable and road-tested self-driving technology.
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  4. Mobileye’s primary strategy is to evolve its ADAS system into a full self-driving stack.

The approach Mobileye takes to safety and validation guarantees that Mobileye Drive meets global safety standards and is engineered to be safer than human-driven vehicles. Mobileye enables automakers to build on its framework and code a unique automated end-product for their customers. This allows automakers to reduce time-to-market and deliver a driving experience that reflects their brand. At present, people have not been paying as much attention to MobilEye’s efforts nor valuing them the way that some companies have with dekaunicorn status. Inside Intel, its efforts have not been able to move the needle of the chip giant’s valuation.

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According to Shashua, this strategy focuses on the wrong part of the self-driving task. He argued that it doesn’t take that much data to train a neural network to recognize objects like pedestrians, trucks, or traffic cones. Mobileye’s software has already achieved better-than-human performance on this basic object-recognition task, he said. We’re teaching the vehicle to drive based on cameras alone, and teaching the vehicle to drive based on radars and LiDARs alone. In the unlikely event that one’s not 100% effective, the other steps up as a truly independent backup.

In February, press reports said that Mobileye was teaming up with Benteler EV Systems and Beep to launch a network of driverless EV shuttles in Israel and Germany by the end of this year. The company reportedly aiming to launch driverless vehicles in the U.S. in 2023. Mobileye delivered more than 28 million of its EyeQ computer vision processor chips in 2021 compared to only 2.7 million chips in 2014. Research company Morningstar estimates that Mobileye’s 2021 revenue hit $1.4 billion, compared to less than $500 million four years previously. While there’s little question autonomous driving and EV represent the future of automobiles, at least as far as governments and venture capitalists are concerned, consumers have so far remained hesitant.

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Software on board a Mobileye-equipped car gathers data about the geometry of the road and the behavior of nearby vehicles. The summary can be as little as 10 kilobytes per kilometer of driving, making it easy to transmit over cellular networks. Then there’s the market position of highly speculative tech startups that fall squarely into the growth stock category.

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They made the correct bet that the cost of the extra gear would drop greatly by the time things were ready to deploy. When your only goal is to get to market first by being safe first, cost is not that much of an issue. The basic philosophy that different systems will make different mistakes is a strong one, but only to a point. If your vision system fails once in 10,000 miles and and your LIDAR/RADAR fails at the same rate, you definitely not going to get a system that fails every 100 million miles — not even close. The MobilEye approach was described by Shashua as “an OR gate” meaning that if either system detects an obstacle, then one is viewed as present. This reduces your false negatives (blindness that can make you hit things) which is good, but also increases your false positives (ghosts you brake for.) Generally false positives and negatives are a trade-off.

Moreover, Baillie Gifford and Norges Bank Investment Management have indicated an interest in purchasing up to an aggregate of $330 million Class A common stock as cornerstone investors. Mobileye CEO Amnon Shashua has indicated an interest in purchasing up to $10 million in 3 Class A common stock shares. Mobileye was publicly traded before Intel bought the Israeli company in 2017 for $15.3 billion. At its IPO price of $21, Mobileye was valued at just $17 billion, resulting in minimal gains for Intel thus far.

The key thing that differentiates a “2+” system is that it operates with help from high-definition maps. These maps help vehicles decide when driver-assistance technology is safe to use, and they decrease the likelihood that the system will get confused and steer a vehicle out of its lane. In the REM system, cars with the chips are using them to locate important road elements, including objects in 3-space, signs, lane boundaries, traffic signals and more. In addition, the cars report their driving tracks (which can be accurately placed on the map.) These tracks reveal not just what is painted on the road, but what large numbers of cars have actually driven.

Chaotic driving there has led them to develop a set of rules for planning the car’s path that they call RSS (Responsibility sensitive safety) which constrain and enable paths for the car, keeping it’s actions legal and reasonably safe. Though it could be argued the approach guarantees the vehicle won’t violate the vehicle code, though that might involve it in unsafe situations because other vehicles ignore the code. Regular driving involves such situations regularly, and MobilEye is one of the few to talk about solving them. One reason Mobileye and Tesla have wound up on the same side of this battle is that they have the same business constraints.

They are also using Intel’s silicon photonics and other resources to generate a new high performance LIDAR and imaging radar. They combine this with several unusual approaches and a system of safety constraints on their motion planner in hope of leading the field. Looking even further ahead, Mobileye Drive is a comprehensive driverless system that enables automakers and transportation operators to make robotaxis, ride-pooling, public transport and goods delivery fully autonomous. Highly efficient software and hardware deployed in Drive provide advanced AI-powered computation, designed with the low-power demands required by autonomous vehicles.

The firm applauds the company’s platform strategy and sees upside potential for both SuperVision and Chauffeur adoption in 2024 and beyond. Wells Fargo believes Mobileye is in the early stages of being appreciated as a platform enabler for the auto industry’s drive toward fully autonomous vehicles over the next 10 years. The firm forecasts SuperVision revenue will hit $3.2 billion over the next five years.

Canaccord in June started coverage of Mobileye at ‘Buy’ with a price target of $55. The firm sees a bright future for autonomous vehicles, saying they increase resource utilization, save lives and improve productivity. Canaccord calls vehicle autonomy “one of the highest value-creating technologies” being deployed.

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On the date of publication, Shrey Dua did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the Publishing Guidelines. Then there’s the wild popularity of environment, social, governance (ESG) investing, which should greatly benefit companies like Mobileye.

Its solutions comprise Driver Assist, Cloud-Enhanced Driver Assist, Mobileye SuperVision Lite, Mobileye SuperVision, Mobileye Chauffeur, Mobileye Drive, Self-Driving System & Vehicles. It also provides data services to Expedite Maintenance Operations with AI-Powered Road Survey Technology. One of the most underrated companies in the self-driving technology sector is Mobileye, an Israeli company that Intel purchased for $15 billion in 2017.

He recognizes that lidar is valuable and wants to start using it as soon as costs come down enough. Mobileye’s self-driving strategy differs from Tesla’s in some crucial ways. Tesla head honcho Elon Musk has vowed not to use lidar sensors top natural gas stocks or high-definition maps because he considers them “crutches” that make self-driving systems too brittle. By contrast, Mobileye is investing heavily in both technologies and expects to use them in future iterations of its technology.

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