TechNation: Russia’s Yandex Launching Driverless Car Pilot in Israel

Intel to get $185 million grant for Israel expansion

Yandex.Drive car sharing cars are seen next to the Moscow City business center in Moscow, Russia September 4, 2018.
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Intel to get $185 million grant for Israel expansion

Israel will give Intel Corp. a 700 million shekel ($185 million) grant in return for a planned $5 billion expansion of its production operations in Israel. Intel is one of the biggest employers and exporters in Israel, where many of its new technologies are developed. Earlier this year it submitted plans to upgrade its Kiryat Gat manufacturing plant in southern Israel. The Finance Committee in Israel’s parliament has now approved a 700 million shekel grant for the company, a statement from the committee said. It noted that along with the $5 billion investment, the government expects Intel to hire 250 new employees and make 2.1 billion shekels in local purchases. Intel may decide to expand its Israeli operations even further in 2019, according to Israel’s economy minister. (Reuters)

Russia’s Yandex launching driverless car pilot in Israel

Russian internet company Yandex announced Tuesday that Israel’s Transportation Ministry has given it clearance to launch a pilot program for self-driving cars on Israel’s roads. Yandex plans to operate fully automatic vehicles on public roads. The company says Israel is the third country where it will run such a pilot, after Russia and the United States. In October, Volkswagen of Merica and Israeli electronic vision company Mobileye announced plans to launch a self-driving taxi pilot program in Tel Aviv starting in early 2019. The taxi service will initially be limited, and with time it will grow, becoming a full commercial service by 2022. Dmitriy Polishchuk, head of Yandex’s driverless car project, said the company had chosen Israel for its pilot in part because it is one of the few countries in the world with regulation that entirely covers the matter. In addition, several manufacturers of equipment for autonomous cars already operate in Israel or have research and development facilities here, Polishchuk said. The company says it has already completed 2,000 trips with automated cars carrying passengers. (Irad Atzmon Schmayer)