Intel’s Mobileye, Benteler EV Systems, and Beep Inc. have announced a collaboration to develop and deploy fully electric, autonomous movers in public and private communities across North America. Aimed at first- and last-mile use cases in urban areas, the shuttles are due to begin production deployments in the US in 2024.
The purpose-built autonomous mover from Benteler EV Systems will be underpinned by Mobileye’s self-driving system, Mobileye Drive, and supported by Beep’s deployment and operations systems, technology and services.
Mobileye is a leader in the development of computer vision and machine learning, data analysis, localization and mapping for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and autonomous driving.
Johann Jungwirth, vice president of Mobility-as-a-Service at Mobileye, says: “The full benefits of autonomy can only be reached with scale. Working with Beep and Benteler, Mobileye aims to mass-produce first- and last-mile self-driving mobility solutions that will enable the convenient, accessible and safe movement of people across North America.”
“Autonomous movers are the solution for future public transportation, solving the mobility challenges of increasing urbanization and emissions,” adds Marco Kollmeier, managing director of Benteler EV Systems GmbH. “These movers need to be robust for 24/7 public or commercial use, at optimized costs and with excellent riding comfort. Consequently, we decided to go for this strategic collaboration with our partners Mobileye and Beep, to build autonomous movers delivering exactly against these market demands. Another example of how we make the mobility of tomorrow lighter, safer and more sustainable.”
Joe Moye, CEO of Beep, comments: “Beep’s well-established U.S. footprint for our autonomous mobility operations model, which incorporates machine learning, contextual route intelligence and Beep’s existing centralized command center platform, combine with Benteler’s and Mobileye’s manufacturing expertise to make this the first alignment of all capabilities needed to successfully scale the deployment of this important transformation in passenger mobility.”
Mobileye is a leader in the development of computer vision and machine learning, data analysis, localisation and mapping for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and autonomous driving.
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