Mobileye Says Its System Would Have Seen Pedestrian Killed by Self-driving Uber Car

TechNation | High-tech wages rise a modest 2% in first quarter of 2018 ■ 17% decline in complaints against communications firms last year

File photo: A Mobileye camera system inside of a car.
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Mobileye says its system would have seen pedestrian killed by self-driving Uber car

The head of Mobileye, the autonomous driving and collision-avoidance technology company, said Monday that its computer vision system would have detected the pedestrian crossing the road in Arizona who was killed by a self-driving Uber vehicle. Mobileye CEO Amnon Shashua called for a concerted effort to validate the safety of autonomous vehicles. In a blog post, Shashua, whose Jerusalem-based company is now owned by Intel, also criticized “new entrants” in the self-driving field that purportedly have not gone through the years of development necessary to ensure safety in the vehicles. Shashua said car’s monitoring systems need to rely on independent sources of information from cameras, radar and lidar, the technology that measures distance with laser light. Police and safety regulators are investigating the March 18 accident in which a woman crossing a road at night in Tempe, Arizona was struck and killed by an Uber self-driving test vehicle. (Reuters and Eliran Rubin) 

High-tech wages rise a modest 2% in first quarter of 2018

Data collected by the recruiting firm SeeV show that high-tech salaries in Israel in the first quarter of the year rose by a modest 2% increase from the last quarter of 2017. The average employee in high-tech earned a gross salary of 27,258 shekels ($7,810) per month in the first three months of the year. By contrast, however, automation developers’ average salaries rose 8% to 26,000 shekels per month, which is still less than the industry average. Algorithm developers continue to feature at the top of the wage tables, with an average monthly salary of 30,600 shekels, although that was almost unchanged from the fourth quarter of last year. The data also show that among the areas with the greatest demand for employees are cybersecurity, DevOps software and blockchain technology. The number of new job openings in cybersecurity jumped by 49% between the last quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018. A separate SeeV survey of 504 high-tech employees revealed that 58% of them had switched jobs in the past five years and more than half of those who left a job had a concrete offer from a new employer at the time. (Tali Heruti-Sover)

17% decline in complaints against communications firms last year

There were 17% fewer complaints filed with the Communications Ministry against the country’s communications firms last year, down to 7,315 complaints, a trend that the ministry said has extended over a period of years. Pelephone had the fewest complaints per 10,000 customers in the cellular service sector, although the ministry noted that Cellcom and Golan Telecom showed substantial improvement. Among internet service providers, Bezeq International had the fewest complaints and when it comes to internet infrastructure, the ministry said the affiliated firm, Bezeq, was also in the lead. Reporting on complaints against cable and satellite television service providers is tracked separately and was not included in the ministry’s report. The most common reason for complaints is quality of service, which includes reception problems, repairs, internet access speed and wait times when calling customer service centers. Another 40% of complaints relate to billing problems. (Amitai Ziv)