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At EcoMotion, Israeli startups demonstrate self-governing driving and sensor technology.
Israel’s TEL AVIV At this year’s EcoMotion Week conference, Israeli automotive innovation start-ups looking to emulate the success of Mobileye presented their latest innovations to investors, automakers, and Tier 1 suppliers.
Jerusalem-based semiconductor and sensor company Because of their cutting-edge driver-assist and self-governing driving systems organisation, Mobileye has really grown to a stock exchange valuation of $33 billion.
The Israeli industry for automotive and movement innovation is expanding quickly as entrepreneurs apply their experience gained by developing rocket defence systems and other military technologies, as well as their knowledge from related fields.
According to Jennifer Schwarz, executive director for EcoMotion, there are more than 650 automotive and movement technology start-ups in Israel, 110 of which will be present at the conference. More than 3,000 people attended the display on Tuesday.
According to IVC Data and Insights, an Israeli business that does analysis on the equity capital market, Israeli automotive innovation start-ups have really raised about $200 million this year. In 2015, investors invested over $1 billion in startup companies in the Israeli automotive and transportation industries.
The company at EcoMotion displayed a wide range of technology, much of it dealing with self-regulating driving systems and electrical automobile components.
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