The General Motors (GM) research and development center in Herzliya yesterday unveiled the company's first prototype of an autonomous vehicle. The car's systems were developed in Israel.
The vehicle, which is based on the Chevrolet Bolt, an electric car, is equipped with an advanced array of sensors and data processors that will enable it to travel without a driver. As of now, the car, which allows a travel range of 380 kilometers without recharging, is being marketed only in the US.
The vehicle was displayed at the Tel Aviv Fair Grounds to a conference of veterans of the IDF 8200 signals intelligence unit. The GM R&D center took part in the conference as part of its efforts to recruit personnel for its expansion in Israel. GM is the first auto manufacturer to establish a center in Israel for developing technologies for the car of tomorrow. Its center is the largest center in Israel for smart transportation, including technologies for vehicles connected to the Internet, autonomous control, user experience, cyber defense, business models for shared transportation, etc.
GM Israel general manager Gil Golan said, "As a graduate of the 8200 unit myself I see the integration of the unit's graduates as an important advantage over other companies and our senior management recognizes the quality human resources that the unit supplies."
Published by Globes [online], Israel Business News - www.globes-online.com - on June 14, 2017
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