GM Israel Introduces Driverless Car Prototype at IDF Tech Conference

General Motors’ Israel branch unveiled a prototype of its driverless car at a conference of veterans of the IDF’s 8200 signal intelligence unit on Tuesday, Globes reported.

The vehicle, which is based on the electric Chevrolet Bolt, is outfitted with advanced sensors and processors to help it travel without a driver. Its navigation systems were developed by the automaking giant’s research center in Herzliya, which was established in 2010.

The car can drive about 230 miles without recharging and is currently only being marketed in the United States.

GM decided to showcase the prototype at the conference in the hopes of recruiting some IDF alumni to join its expanding research and development efforts in Israel.

Israel has emerged as a leader in cutting-edge automotive technology, especially in the area of autonomous vehicles or driverless cars.

In addition to GM, some of the other world’s top car makers have set up research and development centers in Israel, including HondaVolvo, and Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz.

Israel’s leadership in autonomous vehicle technology was highlighted earlier this year by the record-breaking acquisition of Mobileye by chip-making giant Intel.

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