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Israeli Tech Leading the Way in the Driverless Revolution


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JERUSALEM, Israel – An Israeli company that leads the world in the development of driverless cars has reached a deal to sell – in the largest of its kind in Israel's history.    

The $15 billion dollar deal between Intel and Mobileye will couple the best technologies of both companies to create automated driving solutions from cloud to car, the companies said.

Mobileye says its technology already keeps passengers safer on the roads, reducing the risk of accidents and saving lives.

In one YouTube video, Mobileye shows the various scenarios that it can protect against – from rear-end collisions, to drifting to another lane, to preventing a collision with other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and other objects.

"In the event of a possible collision, the system issues an alert providing you with up to two seconds to brake and prevent an accident," one video says.

And there's more.

"The world's leading company in autonomous driving, driverless cars of the future, is an Israeli company called Mobileye," said Israeli entrepreneur Jon Medved, founder and CEO of the Jerusalem-based OurCrowd venture capital group.

"Autonomous driving is not just science fiction. It's real," Medved told CBN News.

"Mobileye, which is our hometown favorite here in Jerusalem, is supplying somewhere between 80 and 90 percent of the world's auto manufacturers. They started with collision avoidance, now it's moving into full-blown autonomous driving stuff," he said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the deal proves that "Israel is becoming a global technology center, not just in cyber, but in the automotive sector as well."

The deal has a unique plus for Israel. Instead of moving to the U.S., Mobileye plans to keep its main operations in Israel. And rather than being integrated into Intel, it will take charge of Intel's international activity for autonomous vehicles.

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Julie Stahl

Julie Stahl is a correspondent for CBN News in the Middle East. A Hebrew speaker, she has been covering news in Israel full-time for more than 20 years. Julie’s life as a journalist has been intertwined with CBN – first as a graduate student in Journalism, then as a journalist with Middle East Television (METV) when it was owned by CBN from 1989-91, and now with the Middle East Bureau of CBN News in Jerusalem since 2009. As a correspondent for CBN News, Julie has covered Israel’s wars with Gaza, rocket attacks on Israeli communities, stories on the Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria, and the