Mobileye, an Intel company, added Paris to its global autonomous vehicle (AV) testing program and, in collaboration with public transportation operator RATP Group, introduced the autonomous on-demand service in the city of Paris. The company has obtained an AV testing permit to drive its autonomous robotaxis on the streets of Paris. Passengers who are part of the pilot will be able to ride in a Mobileye AV, and hail a robotaxi using the Moovit app that will be at the center of Mobileye’s MoovitAV consumer ridesharing service. Each Mobileye AV test vehicle can transport two passengers at a time, plus a Mobileye safety driver and an RATP co-pilot.
In collaboration with RATP, Mobileye organized an AV on-demand service that will provide employees from Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann the ability to request or schedule a ride to work using the Moovit app four days a week.
"As a leading operator of autonomous mobility, we are very happy to offer to our client Galeries Lafayette a new mobility service by associating our know-how with Mobileye, said Côme Berbain, director of innovation for RATP Group. "This is an opportunity for the RATP Group to test a new use case, an autonomous car service for companies, but also to test the vehicle's autonomous technology for possible integration on other transport modes such as a bus or minibus."
“Autonomously driving the roads of Paris is yet another milestone on the way to realizing our vision of self-driving inclusive mobility," added Johann Jungwirth, vice president of mobility-as-a-service at Mobileye. "We are happy to have not only gained the testing permit, but also strong partners in Paris.”
In addition to testing in New York City this year, Mobileye is also operating autonomous vehicle test fleets in Munich, Detroit, Tokyo, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and China. The company is expected to launch commercial robotaxi services under the MoovitAV brand in Munich and Tel Aviv in 2022 after obtaining regulatory approval.