Delphi Automotive PLC and Mobileye NV are both teaming up to bring a fleet of driverless car technologies to the streets, but they won't be ready for production until the year 2019.
We understand that both companies will bring something unique to the table in terms of technology. Mobileye is a company that specializes in real-time mapping, while on the other hand, Delphi specializes in sensors. Put these two together and we might be witnessing the birth of something impressive.
Here's the thing, this partnership won't have these companies working on driverless cars. The deed is up to manufacturers, since Delphi and Mobileye will be providing the underlying technology. Manufacturers will have the option of purchasing the tech, which is a blend of hardware and software for installation into their vehicles.
"This partnership will allow us to give our customers an increased level of automated capabilities faster and more cost effective," Kevin Clark, Delphi's CEO, said in a statement. "The collective expertise of our two organizations will accelerate the creation of new approaches and capabilities that would likely not have been possible working alone. This is a win-win for both companies and our customers."
Mobileye will likely use this partnership to return to its former glory. The company has once partnered with Tesla, but everything took a bad turn after the fatal crash involving Mobileye's technology. Tesla parted ways with the company, so we can now understand why this new partnership has taken root.
As for Delphi, the company is not new to driverless car technology. The company has been playing around with the tech for a number of years. Two years ago, Delphi showed a demo of one of its autonomous technology in action. A pilot program is planned to take place in Singapore, but a date has not yet been revealed.
When it comes down to what Delphi and Mobileye are planning, we should look forward to a demonstration of the technology at the next CES that will take place in January 2017.
Driverless cars are considered as the future. These vehicles are expected to cut down on road fatalities along with giving commuters more time to do what they love instead of worrying about controlling a dangerous car.
So far, the driverless car race has shifted into high gear. Google is making moves, Ford is making its own progress, and several other companies are doing the same. These investments herald an exciting future and we're looking forward to seeing how everything will work out.