Israel’s Ministry of Transport has issued permits to General Motors and Mobileye to test autonomous cars on the road, Globes reported on Thursday.
Earlier this week, GM showed off its driverless prototype, a spinoff of the electric Chevrolet Bolt, in Tel Aviv. Its array of advanced sensors and data processors will enable it to travel without a driver.
Israel isn’t the first to open public thoroughfares to the new technology. General Motors is already conducting trials of hundreds of autonomous vehicles in the U.S.
GM Israel general manager Gil Golan said, “General Motors is building a complex and thrilling enterprise that requires us to hire experts from various disciplines to expand the development of cars as far as possible for the autonomous vehicles market. In Israel we are forming a team, which is responsible, creative and understands the broad importance of the significant challenges that we are confronting. What we are developing today in Israel could contribute to and influence the future of transportation, lifestyle and culture generally.”