Benteler Electric Vehicle Systems, Beep, and Mobileye announced plans to develop and deploy autonomous movers to address mobility needs across public and private communities in the US by 2023.
The autonomous vehicle will be an automotive-grade, electric, and safe solution manufactured in the U.S. with the focus of addressing ‘micro-transit’ inequities in first and last-mile transportation networks, including road congestion, road safety and mobility access, the companies said in a statement.
The companies said they can address the end-to-end requirements for developing and deploying autonomous movers with competencies encompassing scalable vehicle development, end-to-end systems integration, autonomous driving platforms, and turnkey mobility operations management and technology.
"Our autonomous mobility operations model combine with Benteler's and Mobileye's manufacturing expertise to make this the first alignment of all capabilites needed to successfully scale the deployment of this important transformation in passenger mobility," said Joe Moye, CEO of Beep.
Beep has worked with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as part of its autonomous vehicle test programs and is applying those years of learning across the country to assist in the design of the new platform with an emphasis on safety.
"Working with Beep and Benteler, Mobileye aims to mass produce first- and last-mile self-driving mobility solutions that will enable convenient, accessible, and safe movement of people across North America," said Johann Jungwirth, VP of MaaS, Mobileye.