Collaboration to develop driverless EVs in SA
Smart cities solutions provider SenSen Networks has signed a memorandum of understanding with Australian company ACE Electric Vehicles Group to collaborate on developing autonomous driving capabilities for ACE electric vehicles. Once the capability is developed and certified, the vehicles will be manufactured in South Australia.
ACE Managing Director Greg McGarvie said autonomous EVs are the future, offering a multitude of opportunities.
“Imagine driving a super-efficient electric vehicle, built locally in South Australia, with onboard collision avoidance systems and the additional capability of a follow me, parcel delivery system, which, like a good cattle dog, stays at your heels and pauses with you as you deliver packages,” he said.
“Visualise your super-efficient electric vehicle recognising you, then greeting you on your approach, unlocking the doors, then asking you where you would like to go,” McGarvie said.
“This is a great opportunity for two clever, innovating Australian companies to demonstrate leadership in the development of a cleaner, more secure, cost-efficient and smart transport system.
“Not only does the ACE vehicle bring back vehicle manufacturing and energy solutions to Australia, but as a world leader in AI and sensor technology, SenSen will provide its expertise to making our vehicles autonomous — a first for Australia!”
SenSen is a global leader in multi-camera, multi-sensor data fusion technology, delivering solutions to make the world’s cities smarter. Using SenSen’s Distributed and Intelligent Sensor Analytics platform — SenDISA — will combine data from cameras and sensors to detect vehicles, people and objects, determine their speed and location and ascertain various attributes necessary to save lives and improve citizens’ wellbeing.
Through this collaboration with SenSen, ACE will be using the customised SenDISA platform to deliver autonomous driving capabilities for ACE Electric Vehicle customers and clients.
In 2021 ACE EV Group is launching a range of Australian-made light commercial electric vans and cars: the ACE Cargo, ACE Yewt and ACE Urban.
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