Ashok Leyland, Aidrivers to work on AI-enabled autonomous vehicles

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 12 Jan 2022


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Ashok Leyland, one of the leading commercial vehicle manufacturers and Aidrivers, an AI-enabled autonomous solutions company have announced a new collaboration for the development of AI-enabled autonomous vehicles.

Aidrivers provides autonomous mobility solutions for industrial mobility automation which optimise clients’ business operations and enable the delivery of efficiency and quality services. Under the partnership, Aidrivers will provide AI-enabled autonomous solutions and Ashok Leyland will provide vehicle platforms; the partners will work together to explore target markets and opportunities for cooperation.

Dr Rafiq Swash, founder and CEO, Aidrivers said, “This MoU provides the foundations for joint innovation and inspiration. There are clear opportunities where the skills, resources, reputation and technical knowhow of both Aidrivers and Ashok Leyland can complement each other, particularly in meeting the needs of industry for a sustainable future. Across all sectors, industry is seeking innovative ways to deliver the best efficiency, minimise carbon and environmental impact and reduce costs. AI-enabled autonomous solutions and the true benefits they provide are at the centre of these transformative times.”

The agreement foresees the development of autonomous vehicles, industrial mobility equipment and other autonomous industrial automation solutions that can deliver significant value to fleet operators, logistics providers and others. As well as specific project opportunities, the MoU encompasses joint marketing and joint market access as appropriate.

Dr N Saravanan, president and CTO, Ashok Leyland, said, “Ashok Leyland has a well-established record as a pioneer in the commercial vehicle sector, having developed many concepts that have become industry benchmarks and norms over the years. For example, we launched India’s first electric bus and India’s first Euro 6 compliant truck. We are proud of our reputation for innovation. We are delighted to be collaborating with Aidrivers and look forward to working together to create and develop the innovative autonomous solutions that will drive industry forward in the coming years.”