BENTELER EV Systems, Beep Inc., and Mobileye have formed a strategic collaboration to develop and deploy automotive-grade, fully electric, autonomous movers in public and private communities across North America.
Aimed at first- and last-mile use cases in urban areas, the shuttles are due to begin production deployments in the United States in 2024.
The collaboration between BENTELER EV Systems, Beep and Mobileye will facilitate the development and deployment of a fully autonomous (SAE Level 4) electric mover designed to meet automotive industry and safety standards for public road use. The purpose-built autonomous mover from BENTELER EV Systems will be underpinned by Mobileye’s self-driving system Mobileye Drive and supported by Beep’s proven deployment and operations systems, technology and services.
“Multi-passenger micro-transit needs are ever increasing in our cities and towns globally and must be addressed in order to reduce road congestion, protect the environment and provide safe, reliable mobility for all to access,” explained Hinrich Woebcken, advisory board member for Beep and former CEO of Volkswagen North America. “Bringing to market an affordable, automotive-grade, electric, autonomous mover is a solution that will transform mobility as we know it today.”
The trio can draw upon years of experience in important aspects of autonomous solutions – Beep in the operations of micro-transit and mobility solutions, BENTELER EV Systems in the design and manufacturing of automotive solutions and safety systems, and Mobileye in the delivery of automated driving solutions.