June 19, 2017

General Motors Israel displayed a prototype of GM’s new Chevrolet Bolt EV electric autonomous vehicle at a high-tech recruiting conference at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds last week, as a shining example of the accomplishments of its research-and-development center in Herzliya.

The futuristic car’s advanced array of sensors and data processors was developed at the Herzliya center, which was established in 2008. The Israeli R&D center plays a significant part in shaping GM autonomous vehicles’ systems for active safety, smart sensing, vision, signal processing, machine learning, sensor fusion, artificial intelligence and cognition.

The display coincided with GM’s July 13 announcement that it has completed production of 130 Chevrolet Bolt EV test vehicles at its Orion Assembly Plant in Michigan. The vehicles will join the more than 50 current-generation self-driving Bolt EVs already deployed in testing fleets in San Francisco; Scottsdale, Arizona; and metro Detroit.

Other major carmakers with innovation centers in Israel include Mercedes Benz, BMW, Porsche, Ford, Renault, Honda, Volkswagen and Volvo. In addition, Israeli companies such as Mobileye are developing many core components of automated vehicles for carmakers including Nissan.