According to existing plans, Volkswagen will provide the electric vehicles for the service and contribute its expertise in the design and deployment of user-centric mobility services. The Intel company Mobileye will provide its Level 4 SDS kit. It is a turnkey solution of a self-driving system consisting of hardware, driving guidelines, security software and card data. Champion Motors, an importer of Volkswagen Group vehicles in Israel, will implement the fleet operation and Fleet Control Center. Together, the three companies will develop the mobility platform and services, as well as other MaaS offerings and content, to provide a complete Mobility-as-a-Service package.
The Israeli government is committed to supporting the project in three main areas: legal and regulatory support, sharing of necessary infrastructure and traffic data, and access to infrastructure as needed. While New Mobility in Israel will be the first commercial MaaS service with self-propelled vehicles in Israel, all benefits and regulations will be applied to all future projects seeking Mobility-as-a-Service in Israel.
“New Mobility in Israel” will serve as a pilot operation for Volkswagen, Mobileye and Champion Motors to test and gradually introduce Mobility-as-a-Service in Israel with self-propelled electric vehicles. The project will start at the beginning of 2019 and reach real operation in 2022. When fully operational, the plant will comprise several hundred self-propelled electric vehicles.
The planned cooperation is subject to approval by the responsible authorities and bodies.