July 8, 2020, Jerusalem, Israel, Osaka, Japan – Today, Mobileye, an Intel subsidiary, announced a strategic partnership with WILLER, one of the largest transportation operators in Japan and Southeast Asia. The two parties will launch Robotaxi services in Japan and Southeast Asia. In addition, the two parties will jointly test and deploy self-driving travel solutions based on Mobileye’s autonomous vehicle (AV) technology, starting in Japan.
Mobileye and WILLER provide self-driving mobility solutions in Japan and Southeast Asia
“This collaboration with WILLER will add another important partner to our mobility ecosystem and further expand Mobileye’s global footprint,” said Prof. Amnon Shashua, Intel Senior Vice President and President and CEO of Mobileye, an Intel subsidiary. .We look forward to working with WILLER to jointly launch self-driving travel services in Japan and Southeast Asia markets, bringing a new way of travel to users in these regions.”
Shigetaka Murase, founder and CEO of WILLER, said: “This partnership with Mobileye is significant for WILLER as it moves us towards innovative transportation services and ‘Making mobility for everyone, anytime, anywhere’. Our vision is a huge step forward. We believe that innovations in transportation will create a smarter, safer and more sustainable society, and the people who live in it can enjoy a higher quality of life.”
According to this cooperation, Mobileye and WILLER will use their own advantages to realize the commercialization of self-driving taxis and self-driving customized shared buses in Japan. Among them, Mobileye will provide autonomous vehicles equipped with the Mobileye autonomous driving system, while WILLER will provide corresponding services according to the characteristics and user preferences of each region, ensure that the services meet local regulatory requirements, and provide travel services and solutions for fleet operators.
Mobileye and WILLER aim to begin testing self-driving taxis on Japanese public roads in 2021, with plans to implement fully autonomous ride-hailing and ride-sharing services by 2023. In addition, both parties will explore opportunities to provide related services in other Southeast Asian markets.
For Mobileye, the partnership with WILLER further strengthens its global Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) ambitions. After announcing its move into a full-scale mobility service provider, Mobileye has launched a series of collaborations with major cities, transportation service agencies and mobility technology companies to develop and deploy autonomous mobility solutions in key markets. Mobileye’s collaboration with WILLER builds on Mobileye’s existing MaaS partnership, which includes a partnership with Daegu Metropolitan City to deploy robo-taxi using Mobileye’s self-driving system; and partnerships with Volkswagen and Champion Motors Set up a joint venture to jointly operate a fleet of self-driving car-hailing vehicles in Israel. This cooperation with WILLER also greatly expands and strengthens Mobileye’s ambition to provide MaaS globally.
WILLER is committed to providing a unified user experience for users in all countries where it is deployed. WILLER released a MaaS APP in 2019 and adopted a QR code payment system this year. In recent years, WILLER has cooperated with Guoguang Passenger Transport, the largest bus operator in Taiwan, and Mai Linh, the largest taxi company in Vietnam, invested in Car Club, a car-sharing service provider in Singapore, and reached agreements with 150 local transportation operators in Japan. partnership. In addition, WILLER will provide self-driving car-hailing and car-sharing services in the regions where it is deployed, and will work with Mobileye to bring users the best travel service experience.
The collaboration between WILLER and Mobileye will add a new mode of transportation to existing modes of transportation services such as express bus, rail, and car-sharing. With the addition of self-driving cars, customized features and shared services, the user’s travel experience will be greatly improved. Not only that, the service can also solve travel problems such as traffic accidents and traffic congestion, as well as many social challenges brought about by the shortage of drivers and Japan’s aging population. In the future, Mobileye and WILLER will jointly promote the development of autonomous driving transportation solutions and bring more social benefits, thereby improving people’s quality of life and making society smarter, safer and more sustainable.