Adastec Corp, the US-based automation solutions provider for full-size buses and commercial vehicles, has partnered with AECOM, an infrastructure consulting firm. This collaboration is a step forward in Adastec’s mission to tackle the challenges modern cities face, such as traffic congestion, carbon emissions and the need for accessible transportation.
With these targets in mind, Adastec will integrate AECOM’s AV-Readi tool into its deployment strategy. The tool is designed to offer insights into the feasibility of AV routes and identify potential barriers to AV adoption. Aiming to streamline its deployment process, with the tool enables Adastec to virtually assess site readiness across various continents without the necessity of a physical presence – a vital aspect to scale up operations and increase the adoption rate of automated buses globally.
According to AECOM, the AV-Readi tool offers an in-depth analysis of the readiness of roadways for AVs, which is essential for Adastec as it pushes forward with its automated bus deployments. The tool should ensure that Adastec’s electric public transit buses, equipped with the proprietary SAE Level-4 automated driving software platform, flowride.ai, can operate successfully in various urban environments.
Dr Ali Peker, CEO of Adastec, said: “Collaborating with AECOM and adopting their AV-Readi tool is a quantum leap in our deployment agility. Now, we can swiftly identify the best routes and prepare for deployments across the globe, from the bustling streets of North America to the diverse terrains of Europe and Australia, without stepping foot on-site.”
AECOM’s automation and data technical lead, Paul Avery, added, “Working with an innovative and agile company like Adastec is a pleasure and has allowed AECOM to explore new applications for our AV-Readi assessment tool. With deployments across the US and Europe, we have a great opportunity to collaborate and bring safe, capable automation to the transit world.”
“This partnership with Adastec will prove transformational for the AV-Readi tool, which has already supported thousands of miles of automated vehicle routing analysis for numerous global infrastructure owners and operators. We couldn’t be prouder to collaborate with a leader in AV software to accelerate the deployment of automated vehicles globally,” explained Suzanne Murtha, AECOM’s global lead for connected and automated technology.
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