Delphi Automotive and Mobileye, already suppliers of autonomous car technology, will collaborate on a broader system that should enable vehicles to achieve full, or Level 4, autonomy by 2019, according to a joint press release.
Mobileye is the Israeli-based developer of computer vision systems, mapping and machine learning algorithms. Delphi, with a large technical center in Troy, has already created a system of driving software, sensors and radar that have guided a fleet of Audi SQ5's on several cross-country autonomous trips.
A key part of what Delphi brings to the partnership are software algorithms that help navigate a vehicle, a technology it acquired in August 2015 when it bought Ottomatika, a startup created at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute.
The two companies declined to specify the amount of their combined investment, but Kevin Clark, Delphi CEO, said it would be in the "hundreds of millions of dollars." They plan to demonstrate their new system in urban and highway driving next January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. They will begin testing a fleet of vehicles in Las Vegas shortly after that event.