Aidrivers and Jacobs to advance AI-enabled autonomous solutions in industrial transportation

Aidrivers | Jacobs

AI specialist Aidrivers has entered into a strategic agreement with engineering and technical services firm Jacobs.

Both parties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will see them collaborate on the implementation of autonomous technology in industrial automation and to add value to both firms’ operations worldwide.

Under this MoU, the two companies will work together to bring sustainable industrial automation to a new level.

This aligns with both Aidrivers’ and Jacobs’ goals of meeting the immediate needs of resilience and sustainability in the global supply chain.

“The global ports and logistics sector is facing unprecedented challenges at present, in terms of congestion, delays, and supply chain disruption,” said Dr Rafiq Swash, CEO of Aidrivers.

“Putting AI and autonomy at the centre of design at the earliest stages is crucial to creating the efficient, cost-effective, sustainable transport solutions and streamlined operations we need for the future.

“Through this agreement, Aidrivers and Jacobs will focus on effective deployment and scaling up technologies together in the ports and wider transport sector.”

The agreement will encompass all areas of the transport sector, including ports; it will create new opportunities as the companies work together on the provision of autonomous transport and equipment planning and programme management services to deliver best value and industry-advancing solutions to clients.

“Jacobs is, of course, a huge company deploying mega-projects on a global basis. Aidrivers is delighted that Jacobs has shown its confidence in our technology and solutions,” continued Swash.

“We have collaborated on port project tenders and shared industrial knowledge transfer webinars; this MoU will deliver a closer relationship that adds more value on both sides. We are excited about we can develop together.”

An essential tool that Aidrivers brings to the table is its innovative autonomous simulation with digital twin capability and cognitive 3D environment solution. This provides the digital infrastructure in which to design, test, evaluate, refine and rescale scenarios, solutions and operations in a virtual world before committing to major investments and physical work.

This gives the customer confidence that they have the best solution for an optimised terminal or operational design before a single cable or piece of infrastructure is laid.

Patrick King, Vice President and Global Director of Ports & Maritime at Jacobs, added: “We are delighted to be embarking on this venture with Aidrivers, which demonstrates Jacobs’ commitment to providing our clients with end-to-end services and digital solutions for the challenges they face.

“We look forward to working with Aidrivers on the deployment and implementation of a range of autonomous solutions and automation services across the ports and transport sector.”

Earlier this year, Aidrivers and Ashok Leyland, a leading multinational automotive manufacturer, set up an exciting new collaboration designed to invigorate and inspire the development of AI-enabled autonomous vehicles to meet the industry’s need for a sustainable future.

The two companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a long-term partnership which will combine their specialist knowledge and experience to push forward together in this rapidly advancing field.

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