Tuesday 18th May 2021

REE Automotive and Navya in deal to develop level 4 autonomous system

Published on April 22nd, 2021

REE Automotive, an electric mobility (e-mobility) provider which is merging with 10X Capital Venture Acquisition Corp. and Navya , a company working in autonomous driving systems, have signed a collaboration agreement.

Together they aim to develop a level 4 autonomous system, including REE corner technology and Navya self-driving solutions.

REE offers modular and disruptive REEcorner technology which integrates critical vehicle components (steering, braking, suspension, powertrain and control) into the arch of the wheel. REE says its proprietary x-by-wire technology challenges century-old automotive concepts by being agnostic to vehicle size and design, power-source and driving mode (human or autonomous).

Platforms utilising REEcorners can present significant functional and operational advantages over conventional EV “skateboards” currently available in the market.

Navya develops level 4 autonomous driving systems for passenger and goods transport. Since 2015, Navya autonomous mobility solutions have been to market and on-road service in real conditions. The Autonom® Shuttle, main development platform, is dedicated to passenger transport. Since its launch, more than 180 units have been sold in 23 countries, as of 31 December, 2020. The Autonom® Tract is designed for goods transport.

Level 4 autonomous mobility solutions

Powered by REE and driven by Navya, the co-developed next generation level 4 autonomous system will be designed as a high standard, state of the art autonomous mobility solution with key competitive advantages considering quality, cost and performance. Safety first principles will be implemented based on very high Safety requirements with regards to ISO 26262:2018 and ISO/PAS 21448:2019.

Daniel Barel, co-founder and CEO of REE Automotive, comments, “The combination of our mutual expertise should enable game-changing autonomous mobility solutions that transport passengers and goods efficiently and cost-effectively while fully complying with rigorous safety standards.

We are delighted to move forward on a partnership with Navya. This collaboration of REE’s corner technology aligns perfectly with Navya’s strategy of providing constant improvement for its autonomous driving solutions”.

Etienne Hermite

Etienne Hermite, CEO of Navya, concludes, “We are very pleased to have signed this agreement with REE Automotive, which is a major player in automotive technology. This partnership is fully in line with Navya’s strategy of deploying level 4 autonomous driving systems with safe drive components (steering, braking, suspension, powertrain and control) into the arch of the wheels.

This partnership will enhance unlocks fantastic opportunities to create multiple new level 4 autonomous form factors with the view to address different use cases “.

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