PSA and Almotive Working on Level 4 Autonomous Cars
Self-driving startup Almotive and the PSA Group are working together in a partnership for developing a technology that’s capable of level 4 autonomous cars, and hence, requires no human intervention in predefined conditions.
The tech venture between the two companies will make use of hardware in PSA vehicles coupled with AImotive’s artificial intelligence software for testing adaptive cruise control, changeovers between autonomous driving and human, collision avoidance, and automated lane changes.
The pilot program will be established on the highways in France with a vehicular speed of 130 km/h. However, the companies didn’t say when the pilot program would launch or the number of vehicles that will be involved.
In May, both the companies had begun work, which started with the installation of Almotive’s hardware as well as software in a Citroen C4 Picasso. The tech has already undergone preliminary testing in a proving ground at Almotive’s HQ in Hungary. The pilot will also use simulations for virtually testing the platform.
PSA is working to enter the US market and hopes to offer new, high tech services to serve American customers before it sells to the market. Almotive, on the other hand, has been developing an AI-powered platform for the production of fully driverless cars. Since Almotive isn’t building its own cars, it needs partners such as PSA for conducting real-world tests in order to give users a level 4 autonomous cars.