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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG Harald Krüger, and Mobileye Co-Founder, Chairman and CTO Professor Amnon Shashua stand near a BMW concept car at a news conference in Munich in July 2016, where they announced a partnership on self-driving cars. Image credit: BMW Group

On Wednesday, Intel announced a project with Mobileye to deploy at least 100 self-driving cars in the United States, Israel, and Europe starting in late 2017. This comes after Intel’s announcement back in March that it would acquire Mobileye, an Israel-based company which makes chips for vision technology for self-driving cars, for $15.3 billion.

Mobileye Co-Founder, Chairman and CTO Professor Amnon Shashua gives a presentation in Munich in 2016. Image credit: BMW Group

“Our goal is to develop autonomous vehicle technology that can be deployed anywhere, which means we need to test and train the vehicles in varying locations,” said Amnon Shashua, who will be moving into dual positions as senior vice president of Intel Corporation and CEO/CTO of Mobileye.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich (from left), Mobileye co-founder Amnon Shashua and Klaus Fröhlich of BMW Group examine a BMW concept car a the BMW Group news conference held on Jan. 4 in the lead-up to the CES 2017 conference. Image credit: Walden Kirsch/Intel Corporation

Since the project focuses on demonstrating the versatility of Mobileye’s computer vision and mapping and Intel’s open compute platforms and 5G communication, it will be deployed on multiple car brands and models. The first models are likely to be BMW 7 Series vehicles, based on Intel’s previous statements.

BMW Group, Intel, and Mobileye announced that they would be working together on self-driving car projects back in July 2016.

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