Israel's AVATAR Consortium tests autonomous vehicle decision-making


The group of Israeli companies and researchers from Israeli institutions is developing a framework for advanced technologies available only in Israel.

The AVATAR Consortium (Autonomous Vehicle Advanced Technologies for Situational Awareness) conducted a demonstration of its concept to improve decision-making during driving in autonomous vehicles, the group announced on Sunday.

The consortium is developing a framework for advanced generic technologies that can't be sourced from other countries due to commercial conditions.

Funded by the Transportation Ministry and the Israel Innovation Authority, the consortium is made up of seven leading Israeli tech companies and academic institutions, including defense manufacturer Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, LiDAR manufacturer Opsys, AI and computer vision company ThirdEye Systems, VayaVision, which develops environmental sensing solutions for autonomous vehicles and advanced driver support systems, Cognata, which makes large-scale vehicle simulations, and defense company Elbit Systems.