Israel is home to 500 to 600 automotive-companies., ~1/5 focus on autonomous technologies.
Despite Tech prowess, Israel ranks low on Autonomous Vehicle readiness , but BMW to trial autonomous cars in Israel this year.
Israel is home to 500 to 600 automotive-related companies, around a fifth of which focus on autonomous technologies, according to KPMG.
Israel autonomous car startups don’t sell so quickly despite an avalanche of merger and acquisition offers.
The trial will comprise 140 vehicles around the world, which compares with 70 at present, and will be carried out in areas where BMW has R&D bases, among them the West Coast of the US, China, and Israel as well.
The trial will probably be carried out on autonomous vehicles based on BMW’s 7 series cars known in Germany as robotaxis, that is, vehicles that can carry passengers to their destinations like public transport on fixed routes without driver intervention.
In the past two years, BMW has already been operating some 7 series autonomous test vehicles in Mobileye’s trial fleet.
In 2017 General Motors executives visited Israel. Not so long ago, such a visit would have been accompanied by major fanfare, an official ceremony, with enthusiastic media coverage, a helicopter tour over Israel and much more besides.
But this visit received zero media attention and, other than a short meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, had no official dimensions. It was a practical, business-oriented trip, after which the visitors boarded the corporation’s executive planes and returned to Detroit. In fact, such visits to Israel have become routine in the past few months. If past years have seen only low-ranking regional directors visiting Israel, you can nowadays find senior international automaker executives visiting Israel at almost any given time
Israeli company promises a 5-minute recharge for your electric car
StoreDot aims to jumpstart the electric vehicle revolution by recharging batteries in just 5 minutes. Manufacturing likely to begin by 2022.
Electric-car range remains limited and recharging the battery can take from 45 minutes to several hours.
Manufacturers have been trying to boost the battery’s chemical “density” so an electric car can travel farther on a charge.
But recharging is still slow. Israeli startup StoreDot hopes to jumpstart the electric vehicle revolution by addressing this second trade-off.
Dec - 2016 - Dubi Ben-Gedalyahu
Israel autonomous car startups don't sell so quickly despite an avalanche of merger and acquisition offers.
Several weeks ago, senior General Motors executives visited Israel. Not so long ago, such a visit would have been accompanied by major fanfare, an official ceremony, with enthusiastic media coverage, a helicopter tour over Israel and much more besides.