MKs Examine Bringing Self-Driving Cars to Israel

FILE - This May 13, 2015 file photo shows Google's new self-driving car during a demonstration at the Google campus in Mountain View, Calif. Regulators puzzling through how to give Californians safe access to self-driving cars of the future will hear from Google and other companies that want the state to open the road to the technology. The California Department of Motor Vehicles will hold a hearing Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, at California State University, Sacramento. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)
This May 13, 2015 file photo shows Google’s new self-driving car during a demonstration at the Google campus in Mountain View. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

An interministerial committee will examine Israel’s readiness to adopt driverless-car technology.

In a statement, the Transport Ministry said that it sought to “synergetically design a strategy to prepare for the emergence of self-driving car technology.”

The Ministry recently held its first-ever symposium on self-driving car technology. The conference was led by Avner Flor, deputy director of the Ministry, and Shai Sofer, the Ministry’s Chief Scientist. Also attending were officials from the Justice, Economy, Energy, and Finance Ministries, as well as tax and government officials.

Speaking at the event, Flor said that institution of new regulations to deal with the self-driving car revolution is a priority for all ministries. In addition, a plan to prepare infrastructure to deal with the “behavior” of automatic cars has to be drawn up.

Also appearing at the event was Amnon Sha’ashu’a, inventor of the MobilEye road safety system, which experts expect to be an integral part of commercial self-driving car technology. Israel, he said, could easily emerge as a center of the self-driving car business. Israel was a world leader in the self-driving car industry, given the country’s leadership role in imaging and other technologies that are key to the development of self-driving vehicle.