Bestmile joins Renovo’s mobility ecosystem to enable ‘robotaxi’ fleet deployments

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Two of the leading developers of autonomous mobility services have linked up, with Bestmile joining Renovo’s AWare OS (operating system) ecosystem to enable the introduction of Automated Mobility on Demand (AMoD) fleets of highly automated vehicles.

The integration of Bestmile’s Mobility Services Platform makes highly automated vehicles using Renovo’s AWare OS ‘fleet ready’, as Bestmile’s platform can be used to deploy, manage and optimize AMoD ‘robotaxi’ services using these vehicles, regardless of type or the automated driving system used.

Already demonstrated in multiple projects worldwide, usually with shuttles made by the French companies EasyMile and Navya, Bestmile’s technology enables highly automated vehicles to work together as intelligent fleets, delivering on-demand services with automated dispatching, traveler communication, route optimization, pooling, and energy and maintenance management. Advanced matching algorithms process traveler, vehicle and third-party data to send the right vehicle to the right place at the right time. Data intelligence and machine learning constantly improve system performance. Service providers use the platform to configure service areas, define key performance metrics such as vehicle utilization and wait times, and monitor services in real-time.

Renovo’s AWare OS allows diverse mobility technologies to work together to enable automated vehicles to operate safely and efficiently. This is important as automated mobility providers need to integrate with a wide range of embedded and external technologies such as onboard sensors, cameras, 3D mapping, remote access and control, and other factors.

The results of Bestmile and Renovo’s integration partnership will be shown later this year in San Jose, California, when Renovo’s double-digit fleet of highly automated vehicles will be managed by Bestmile and demonstrated in a configuration delivering on-demand, door-to-door robotaxi services. The Bestmile platform has the tools mobility operators need to manage their mobility services, including a control center operator dashboard for autonomous fleet management and apps that travelers need to book rides, view vehicle locations and ETAs, and reach their destinations via optimized routes. The joint activities will provide valuable data for Renovo, Bestmile and its partners on the performance of passenger management, routing, vehicle tele-operation, sensors and lasers, 3D mapping, real-time traffic detection and response, and real-world usage.

“For new mobility services to deliver on their promise to transform transportation, highly automated vehicles must be able to work together and use data from multiple sources to intelligently optimize performance,” explained Raphael Gindrat, CEO of Bestmile. “We share Renovo’s vision of an open, interoperable, on-demand ecosystem, where best-in-class technologies combine to bring about optimized automated mobility safely, quickly and economically, and are pleased to be a part of this ecosystem.”

Chris Heiser, co-founder and CEO of Renovo, noted, “Our AWare OS offers an open ecosystem of best-in-class technologies to make the deployment of highly automated vehicles in fleets safer, more secure and more efficient. With Bestmile joining this ecosystem, our customers deploying automated mobility fleets now have access to Bestmile’s technology, which offers a leading comprehensive technology suite to manage them. We will be using Bestmile’s Mobility Services Platform to help manage the Renovo fleet in California.”

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