Mobileye, an Intel Company, Transdev Autonomous Transport System (ATS), and Lohr Group, have announced a strategic collaboration to develop and deploy autonomous shuttles.

Under the new collaboration, Mobileye’s self-driving system will be integrated into Lohr Group’s i-Cristal electric shuttle, which will be later integrated into Transdev’s existing mobility service networks.

Mobileye Mobility-as-a-Service vice-president Johann Jungwirth said: “Our collaboration with Transdev ATS and Lohr Group serves to grow Mobileye’s global footprint as the autonomous vehicle (AV) technology partner of choice for pioneers in the transportation industry.

“Mobileye, Transdev ATS and Lohr Group are shaping the future of shared autonomous mobility, and we look forward to bringing our self-driving solutions to regions all over the world.”

Through this initiative, the companies aim to improve the efficiency and convenience of mass transportation solutions.

Lohr Group’s i-Cristal shuttle has been designed to accommodate up to 16 passengers and can travel at speeds up to 50km/h.

Mobileye said that it will work with Transdev ATS and Lohr Group over the next year to integrate and deploy the i-Cristal autonomous shuttles.

The three firms will first test the vehicles on roads in France and Israel, with an objective to ready the technology designs for production by next year.

The companies intend to deploy self-driving i-Cristal shuttles in public transportation networks by 2023.

Transdev ATS executive vice-president Patricia Villoslada said: “This collaboration between Transdev ATS, Lohr Group and Mobileye will enable to deploy autonomous vehicles in public transportation networks at scale, thanks to the combination of the complementary cutting-edge technologies and strong industrial expertise of the three partners. Together, we will bring new mobility solutions to reality in the next coming years.”