Navya and REE will jointly develop level 4 autonomous system including REEcorner technology
Navya and REE Automotive have announced an agreement to develop a level 4 autonomous system, including REEcorner technology and Navya self-driving solutions. REE offers the e-Mobility industry its modular REEcorner technology that integrates critical vehicle components (steering, braking, suspension, powertrain and control) into the wheel's arch. REE's says its proprietary x-by-wire technology challenges existing automotive concepts by being agnostic to vehicle size and design, power-source and driving mode (human or autonomous). Platforms utilizing REEcorners can present significant functional and operational advantages over conventional EV "skateboards" currently available in the market.
Navya, a supplier of a level 4 autonomous driving system for passenger and goods transport, produces The Autonom® Shuttle, the main development platform dedicated to passenger transport. Since its launch, more than 180 units have been sold in 23 countries as of 31 December 2020. The Autonom® Tract is designed for goods transport.
The two companies will co-develop a next-generation level 4 autonomous system powered by REE, Driven by Navya. They say it will be designed as a high standard, state of the art autonomous mobility solution with key competitive advantages considering quality, cost and performance. It will implement Safety first principles, based on very high safety requirements regarding ISO 26262:2018 and ISO/PAS 21448:2019.
Daniel Barel, Co-Founder and CEO of REE Automotive, comments: "The combination of our mutual expertise should enable game-changing autonomous mobility solutions that transport passengers and goods efficiently and cost-effectively while fully complying with rigorous safety standards. We are delighted to move forward on a partnership with Navya. This collaboration of REE's corner technology aligns perfectly with Navya's strategy of providing constant improvement for its autonomous driving solutions".
Etienne Hermite, CEO of Navya, concludes: "We are delighted to have signed this agreement with REE Automotive, which is a major player in automotive technology. This partnership is entirely in line with Navya's strategy of deploying level 4 autonomous driving systems with safe drive components (steering, braking, suspension, powertrain and control) into the arch of the wheels. This partnership will unlock fantastic opportunities to create multiple new level 4 autonomous form factors with the view to address different use cases ".