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rv-pro.com November 2018 • RV PRO • 67 Mobileye, a division of Silicon Valley tech giant Intel, now counts a dozen RV manufacturers as customers. The Mobileye system is offered as standard equipment on some higher-end models and as an option on others, Wenger says. And, with authorized Mobileye dealers around North America, it's a device that also offers an attractive option for current RV owners who would like to upgrade their units to the same level of safety they may already have in their truck or car. A Vision of Safety These days, it's rare to see ads for popular automobile models that don't include references to forward-collision or lane-departure warning systems among their safety features. Those capabilities are based on technology that's been under most people's radar until recently, which is not to say they are brand new. Mobileye Vision Technology, an Israeli company, was incorporated in 1999 by founders Amnon Shashua and Ziv Aviram, and for more than a decade the company has been at the forefront of using vision safety technology to make the driving experience safer for consumers, Wenger says. Today, the company partners with some 27 automotive OEMs worldwide. Mobileye was purchased by Intel late in 2017, but its head- quarters remain in Jerusalem, as does much of its research-and-de- velopment team. Wenger says the company does business in 45 different countries and employs more than 600 people. And while Mobileye's technology could be described as futur- istic, the company is hardly resting on its laurels, says Wenger, who notes that the company expects it will play a role in the future development of autonomous (driverless) vehicles. "The future is autonomy," he says. "There are still many things that need to be accomplished to get there, but the road leads from ADAS, and we can be a big part of the quest for self-driving vehicles." In the meantime, the company's current vehicle safety system enjoys a prominent position in the automotive and RV industries. At the heart of the Mobileye system is what some people refer to as a camera, although Wenger prefers the term "vision sensor," which is mounted on the front windshield. "This device is a very advanced camera, if you will, capable of processing images as fast as 50 frames-per-second and interpreting the scene through the use of the sophisticated algorithms in the company's EyeQ chip," Wenger explains. "From its place on the windshield, it identifies cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, pedes- trians, lane markings, speed limit signs and even in construction

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