Israel Wants to Expand Autonomous Vehicle Testing
State-owned company Ayalon Highways is overseeing a tender for the creation of autonomous vehicle testing sites throughout the country
Interested parties who own or lease locations suitable for such testing sites are invited to send in their bids no later than June 23. The testing sites will be closed to the public, ensuring the cars will be able to travel a distance of at least 1.5 kilometers at 60 kilometers per hour, without encountering human obstacles. The winners will also be required to use photographic means to document the movement of the autonomous vehicles, including camera-equipped drones.
In October 2017, the Israeli Ministry of Transportation inaugurated a 1.5 km, three-lane track dedicated to autonomous vehicle trials, the first of its kind in Israel. The road was constructed on a segment of the Ayalon Highway, a major intercity freeway in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area. Mobileye, General Motors, and Tel Aviv-based Nexar Ltd. have previously made use of the road.