Publication date: 
2022/11/11
Dean of Faculty of Transportation Sciences of the CTU in Prague, prof. Ing. Ondřej Přibyl, Ph.D. together with the Minister for Science, Research and Innovation Mgr. Helena Langšádlová and representatives of the Czech Embassy visited the MobilEye workplace in Israel in recent days.

They were introduced to innovative projects aimed at the development of autonomous vehicles. The excursion included a half-hour drive through Jerusalem in an autonomous vehicle, completely without driver intervention. Afterwards, they discussed the need for cooperation between universities and industry as well as the possibilities of funding science in the Czech Republic. Israel in particular is a great inspiration in this respect, cooperation with industry and the establishment of new startups really work well here.

As part of this important trip abroad, a Memorandum of Cooperation and Understanding was signed in Jerusalem with MobilEye, which is exclusively represented in the Czech Republic by VDT Technology, and the Prague Advanced Technology and Research Innovation Center (PATRIC).

The aim of this memorandum is to collaborate on the development of an autonomous bus and its integration into the city's traffic management. The whole project will be divided into several phases, where the pilot operation of the autonomous bus will take place on the Czech market and will be subsequently distributed to other countries.  In the test phase, at least 15 newly developed autonomous vehicles will be operated in the Czech Republic.

"The development of cooperative and autonomous systems and their integration into urban management has been a long-standing focus at the faculty. This project is an important step for Prague's public transport network and I am very pleased that our faculty is involved in this project. The introduction of autonomous solutions in public transport is an important topic at a time when cities are striving for cleaner and safer streets for their citizens. This cooperation promises to expand the existing fruitful chapter of Czech-Israeli cooperation in the field of science and research," says Prof. Ondřej Přibyl.

Thanks to this research project, Prague can also be at the forefront of developing innovative solutions for urban transport, through environmentally friendly, economical and efficient cooperative and autonomous mobility technology.

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Contact person: 
Name: 
Ing. Petra Skolilová, Ph.D.
E-mail: 
Skolilova@fd.cvut.cz
Department: 
FD