Beep, Oxa to Deploy Autonomous Vehicles in United States

Beep Inc., a provider of autonomous shared mobility solutions, and Oxa, the autonomous vehicle software developer, announced a partnership to deploy vehicles driven by Oxa Driver software, as Beep tests across the United States.

Marking U.K.-based Oxa’s entry into the U.S. market, the strategic partnership will see Oxa’s autonomy software installed in a variety of vehicle types operated by Beep, from passenger shuttles to future vehicle platforms.

The first initiative in the partnership is a fleet of Beep autonomous and electric shuttles driven by Oxa Driver, Oxa’s software that enables safe and energy-efficient self-driving of any vehicle type in any environment.

Two of the Beep shuttles featuring Oxa software are operating at the SunTrax test facility in Auburndale, Fla., a location specifically designed for connected autonomous vehicles and standard automotive testing in a single site. Oxa uses the facility to showcase its passenger transportation solution ahead of public availability later this year.

Oxa Driver combines sensor data from cameras, lidar and radar, enabling it to gain a more comprehensive view of the world around it than vehicles that rely on cameras alone. This fused sensor technology is the first of its kind deployed in a passenger shuttle in the United States.

The software uses AI to sense and predict changes to the vehicle’s environment while learning from previous journeys, which is key to improving the capability of the technology over time.

The announcement follows a successful Series C funding round for Oxa, which raised more than $140 million for the business earlier this year, as well as a new strategic partnership with Google Cloud through which Oxa is leveraging a number of Google Cloud products to develop, test, validate and verify its self-driving technology.

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