Startup Nation accelerates to play with intelligent mobility

TEL AVIV: chronicle of the rise of Israel as an economic miracle, the authors Dan Senor and Saul Singer in their sales success, Home nation He wondered if the Jewish state could maintain its mood in the midst of growing competition from China and India.

A decade later, Israel jumped five places to fifth place in the Bloomberg Innovative Countries Index, beating Singapore, Sweden, the United States and Japan. China ranks 17th and India 54th in the list of 60 nations. With the government creating an effective startup ecosystem, Israel now seeks the domain of intelligent mobility, which integrates various modes of transport through wireless communications and applies real-time data analysis to make travel safer and more efficient.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu He echoed his country's determination at the annual Smart Mobility Summit here this week. “Our vision is a world free of dependence on fossil fuels with clean and efficient means of transport. Our mission is to establish Israel as a center of knowledge and industry in the field of smart mobility. The number of Israeli new companies in this field has increased from 60 to 500 in the last five years.

The prime minister wants the emerging nation to become a world capital of transportation solutions. Israel's automotive sector has raised $ 4.6 billion in the last decade, with financing flowing in several fields, ranging from autonomous ADAS cars to fleet management and from electric vehicles to navigation.

Anat Lea Bonshtien, president of the Fuel Choices and Smart Mobility Initiative at the Prime Minister’s Office, highlighted her government’s efforts to realize the smart mobility revolution, citing Israel’s HD Mapping dataset, which has been opened to the public. This data set, he said, includes an HD map of five road segments in Israel. Each road segment is a 30km circuit of urban roads and highways, with centimeter level accuracy and a detailed description. Bonshtein said that governments need access to real-time data to improve urban mobility.

(The writer was in Tel Aviv at the invitation of the ministry of foreign affairs of Israel)

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