Israel Today and Tomorrow 2017: Journey to the Past and Future

November 16, 2017 12:30
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KKL France’s Israel Today and Tomorrow delegation

KKL France’s Israel Today and Tomorrow delegation. (photo credit: YOAV DEVIR KKL-JNF)

KKL France’s Israel Today and Tomorrow delegation, which spent five days touring the country from November 1st until November 5th, learned about the history of the Land of Israel, experienced Israeli society as it is today – and also looked towards the future with Israeli hi-tech.

At the Mobileye headquarters in Jerusalem, the KKL France delegation met the company’s Director of Business Development Udi Remer, who told them about the development of automatic vehicles and an advanced system designed to prevent road accidents. “The question is not who will be the first to produce an automatic car, but who will manage to create a safe vehicle that will sell for a reasonable price,” explained Remer.

KKL France’s Israel Today and Tomorrow delegation visits Mobileye headquarters in Jerusalem

Mobileye’s innovative system warns the driver in real time of risk factors such as impending collision, too-close proximity to another vehicle, lane changes, and the approach of pedestrians or cyclists, as well as automatically switching on headlights when necessary and keeping within the speed limit.

The fact that Mobileye was sold this year to Intel for over fifteen billion dollars is testimony to the enormous potential of this technology.

When asked about fears that terrorists could gain control of automatic vehicles, Remer acknowledged that this is indeed a relevant issue and said that a great deal of effort had been invested in cyber protection to guard against such an eventuality.

“We always hear about Jerusalem as a city of history, religion and spirituality, but I was not surprised to be told that it produces hi-tech too,” said Professor Alain Bloch of Paris’s HEC School of Business. “I believe that the ideas that are born here can change the lives of many people throughout the world.”

Read more, watch video of the KKL France Israel Today Tomorrow Mission’s journey in Israel

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