Jerusalem — Intel’s $15bn purchase of Israeli firm Mobileye could help fuel the country’s rise in the driverless car industry — not as a builder of vehicles, but as the brains behind them. Monday’s deal, the largest to date in Israel’s tech sector, could help boost trade despite the fact that no commercial cars are assembled in the country. The self-styled "start-up nation" has no real tradition of vehicle manufacturing: an ignoble previous stint in the 1960s and 1970s produced the fibreglass Susita car, parts of which were edible for camels, according to legend. But the rise of new technology, including driverless cars, has opened space for the tech-savvy country to excel. In 2013, Google paid more than $1bn for Waze, an Israeli crowd-sourced app that plots the quickest journeys in real time, followed by Monday’s $15bn Mobileye deal. The company makes advanced driver assistance and accident avoidance systems for car manufacturers and has already collaborated with Intel and BMW on s...

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