The sector has a growing interest in the automotive industry and a fair on smart mobility called “Ecomotion”, which promotes more efficient and green transport, was recently held in Tel Aviv.
Among the companies present was ITC (Intelligent Traffic Control), which developed software capable of collecting real-time data from roadside surveillance cameras and managing traffic lights according to traffic flow.
“ITC has succeeded in mathematically proving that many traffic jams can be prevented if we intervene early enough.“, Explained Kenig of DVDue to the technology for this company, traffic congestion has been reduced by 30% at the two junctions where the system has been implemented.
The company claims to be responding to a threat that affects the entire world, assuming that the average motorist is stuck in a traffic jam three days a year, a major source of greenhouse gas emissions.
Traffic control is a particularly important issue in Israel, where transport infrastructure is severely inadequate compared to “other” developed countries, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has indicated in a report published in 2021.
“Traffic congestion (in Israel) is the worstOECD countries, according to this report.
According to Mir ArnanThe founder of the ‘Ecomotion’ trade show, a growing global interest in smart mobility, has enabled Israel – which billed itself as a ‘start-up nation’ due to its bubble high-tech sector – to become a player in the automotive sector Does not produce.
“The car has changed“He told AFP.They were made of metal, wheels and a radio, but now these things do not matter.“
“What sets car manufacturers apart these days is the driving experience (…), the ability of the car to adapt to the driver“, He added.
According to him, technological measures developed by the Israeli army and the private defense sector, especially in the areas of surveillance, communications and sensors, have become essential for car manufacturers.
With over 600 high-tech start-ups – “Just behind Silicon Valley“— Israel has become”A“When it comes to smart mobility,” Arnon said, there are 35 international auto companies present in Israel, including US giant General Motors.
“The future of vehicles is beyond vehicles: in the clouds, on our phones“, Said Gil GolanThe head of General Motors’ technology center in Israel, which he described as “fertile ground.”Innovation“
Ryder Dome, another company present at Tel Aviv’s EcoMotion Show, specializes in road safety: Cameras mounted on the front and back of motorcycles use artificial intelligence to warn drivers about the dangers around them.
“Driving assistance has become the norm in almost every car but does not exist for motorcycles“, Explains its director, Yav Elgrichi.
But if Israel really wants to make a name for itself in auto technology and hold on to it, it has to invest in engineering, according to Lisya Bahar ManohFrom catalyst investment.
For him, it takesCreate vocational schools, such as in Europe and especially in Germany and Austria“Specializes in the mobility sector.
“Israel now needs to think about how to get more engineers to support the start-up environment. We need to adjust our school system accordingly“, He assures.
The high-tech sector, which employs 10% of the national workforce and accounts for nearly half of the country’s exports, is in decline, according to the latest annual report from the Israel Innovation Authority, claiming that the Jewish state has recorded a steady decline in start-up creation for two years.