Imagry Set to Launch Its First Autonomous Bus Platform

Two self-driving Israeli public transportation services will operate in 2023 based on the autonomous driving (AD) platform developed by Imagry

Imagry, a developer of mapless autonomous driving technology, announced that its AI solution will be deployed shortly in two separate pilot programs in Israel. The first autonomous shuttle to use the Imagry platform will commence service at the largest medical center in Israel this month, while the second will be deployed several months later in the city of Nahariya on a public bus line. Both platforms will be managed by Nateev Express, a leading local public transportation operator. These two pilot programs represent a new phase in the roll-out of the Imagry platform, as they will allow the general public to experience autonomous driving first-hand.

Imagry Uses a Location-Independent Autonomous Driving Model

Imagry software combines cutting-edge technology that captures and recognizes a real-time video feed with a deep neural network to make complex driving decisions instantly, based on current driving conditions. As such, the solution is mapless, i.e., not limited to pre-learned geographic areas. This is a tremendous benefit for transportation authorities and urban planners who want to employ the latest autonomous driving technology with minimal engineering requirements, reducing both project costs and time-to-market. For the past four years Imagry has been operating vehicles equipped with its autonomous driving software on public roads in the United States, Germany, and Israel.

“Best of Class” Elements Ensure Top Performance and Optimized Total Cost of Ownership for Operators

In both projects Imagry relies on first-rate elements, including new and modern electric buses from Otokar (the leading bus manufacturer of Turkey), the high-performance and energy-efficient NVIDIA DRIVE compute platform, automotive-grade cameras, and Imagry’s own mapless autonomous driving software.

Otokar is an industry leader, exporting its vehicles to over 50 countries worldwide. With the new e-Centro mid-size electric buses, not only does Otokar provide excellent range and unparalleled efficiency, the spacious and comfortable vehicles exhibit the highest passenger capacity for its class, having fixed, folding seats, and wheelchair space.

The NVIDIA DRIVE platform, featuring the DRIVE Orin system-on-a-chip, processes data from the vehicle’s sensors to perceive the surrounding environment, then plans and executes a safe path forward. It delivers 254 trillion operations per second — enough computing horsepower required to run numerous simultaneous deep neural networks and algorithms for safe and robust autonomous driving.

Additional Transportation Operators Welcome

“Launching the first autonomous buses in service zones and on public roads in Israel is a tremendous milestone for Imagry,” states Eran Ofir, CEO of Imagry. “It follows several years of test-driving experience, data collection, and mastery of supervised learning on three continents. It signals that we are ready, willing, and able to welcome other transportation operators that want to integrate self-driving buses into their fleet, efficiently and cost-effectively.”

Imagry is exhibiting at CES 2023, in booth #5874 of the LVCC West Hall.

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First Autonomous Bus Reaches Haifa

The first bus that will operate using the Imagry autonomous driving platform has been delivered to us from the manufacturer Otokar via the Haifa port. This is a very exciting stage in our program to launch the first autonomous shuttle with Imagry mapless technology in Israel. Stay tuned for next steps on the road to full autonomy!

Eran Ofir CEO at Imagry speaking in MENA

Imagry to Speak and Exhibit at Clean Buses in MENA

Eran Ofir, CEO at Imagry, has been selected to speak at Global Mass Transit’s conference on Clean Buses in MENA, which will be held on February 7-8, 2023 at Shangri-La, Dubai, UAE.

The mission of the conference is to discuss key initiatives in decarbonizing public transport in the MENA region, plans, policies, programs, and funding to transition to a clean and zero-emission bus (ZEB) fleet, opportunities in the deployment of electric and hydrogen-fuelled buses and related infrastructure, the way forward for public transport authorities (PTAs) and public transport operators (PTOs), best practices in transitioning to a ZEB fleet, experience so far and the lessons learned. The conference will also showcase new technologies, tools, and solutions, and this is where Imagry’s autonomous driving solutions come in.

To learn more about the conference, click here. Special low fees are available for public transport authorities (PTAs), operators and government authorities.