Ridecell has announced the acquisition of Auro, a California-based developer of autonomous vehicle technology, in an all-stock transaction. Ridecell also announced the public availability of its autonomous operations platform which has successfully been used in autonomous pilot programs.
With these two initiatives, Ridecell now offers the industry’s first complete autonomous new mobility solution that enables on-demand autonomous shuttle mobility service in low-speed, private-road settings.
The Auro acquisition will bring the expertise to accelerate the capabilities of the Ridecell autonomous operations platform. Ridecell will be able to extensively test its autonomous operations platform in real-word environments through integration of Auro-enabled driverless shuttles in private road environments. Ridecell will continue to collaborate with autonomous leaders to apply the Ridecell’s platform to the world’s leading self-driving vehicles for automated management of operational tasks such as cleaning, refueling, and emergency response for breakdowns.
Auro’s autonomous technology is the leading self-driving platform for low speed deployments. Auro partners with OEMs to add self-driving capabilities to leading shuttle and neighborhood electric vehicle platforms. These shuttles are able to safely drive people around within campuses, theme parks, resorts, business parks, and retirement communities.
Private environments with low-traffic, low-speed roads provide the perfect setting for deploying autonomous vehicles today. Auro-enabled shuttles were among the first driverless shuttles put into daily operation on a U.S. college campus at Santa Clara University in California and have already provided safe transportation to thousands of riders.
Auro was founded in 2013 by roboticists from Indian Institutes of Technology and Carnegie Mellon University, who have worked together on autonomous vehicles since 2011, and is backed by investors including YCombinator and Motus ventures.
Ridecell Autonomous Operations Platform
Ridecell also announced the availability of its new autonomous operations platform. The autonomous operations platform is designed to automate vehicle and operations management for autonomous fleets.
The platform gives autonomous vehicle fleets the intelligence to manage their own operational tasks, in both routine and emergency situations. The operations platform can direct autonomous vehicles to operations depots for maintenance and route support vehicles to the autonomous vehicle for routine operational tasks such as cleaning and on-demand assistance in exceptional situations. The operations platform also automates vehicle access so service personnel are able to enter the vehicle. Additionally, the platform automates reporting for autonomous compliance and risk data.