Bestmile, a mobility services platform for operating and managing autonomous and ride-hailing fleets, has agreed to a partnership with Renovo, whose AWare ecosystem merges software, data analytics and automotive-grade safety systems into a unified platform. Bestmile’s software will be used to manage Renovo’s own AV fleet.
Bestmile’s technology is designed to enable highly automated vehicles to work together as intelligent fleets to deliver on-demand services with automated dispatching, traveller communication, route optimization, pooling, and energy and maintenance management.
Algorithms process traveller, vehicle and third-party data to send the right vehicle to the right place at the right time, while data intelligence and machine learning constantly improve system performance. Service providers can use the platform to monitor key performance metrics such as vehicle utilization and wait times, and monitor services in real time.
“For new mobility services to deliver on their promise to transform transportation, highly automated vehicles must be able to work together and use data from multiple sources to intelligently optimize performance,” said Raphael Gindrat, CEO of Bestmile.
“We share Renovo’s vision of an open, interoperable, on-demand ecosystem, where best-in-class technologies combine to bring about optimised automated mobility safely, quickly and economically, and are pleased to be a part of this ecosystem.”
Renovo’s AWare OS, meanwhile, integrates the various AV technologies such as onboard sensors, cameras, 3D mapping, remote access and control to allow diverse mobility technologies to work together to enable automated vehicles to operate safely and efficiently.
The results of Bestmile and Renovo’s partnership will be shown later this year in San Jose, California, when Renovo’s fleet of highly automated vehicles will be demonstrated by delivering on-demand, door-to-door robotaxi services.
The Bestmile platform will manage the operation, as it has the tools that mobility operators need to manage their services, including an operator dashboard for autonomous fleet management and apps that travelers need to book rides, view vehicle locations and ETAs, and reach their destinations via optimized routes.
The joint activities should provide valuable data for Renovo, Bestmile and its partners on the performance of passenger management, routing, vehicle tele-operation, sensors and lasers, 3D mapping, real-time traffic detection and response, and more.
By Illya Verpraet
June 1, 2018