Hydrogen power meets autonomous driving in new truck development


AIDrivers and Hyzon Motors have announced an agreement to jointly develop autonomous hydrogen powered vehicles with the first demo truck in 2021 and fleet deployment in 2022.

These vehicles will be for industrial settings and operations. The agreement will see development of develop an integrated platform to produce zero emissions trucks, buses and coaches.

Under the agreement, the two companies will design, manufacture and deliver autonomous-drive hydrogen-powered vehicles with an initial focus on ports in the Asia Pacific region.

CEO and Co-Founder of Hyzon Motors, Craig Knight commented, “Today’s partnership with AIDrivers combines two of the most innovative aspects of mobility, zero-emission fuel and autonomous driving, to create a safer, smarter and cleaner solution for ports, logistics, airports and other industrial operators around the world. This is the future of mobility; zero emissions with zero drivers.”

CEO and Founder of Aidrivers, Dr Rafiq Swash added, “This is a game-changing combination for us to partner with Hyzon Motors and reshapes the future of automation. Autonomous mobility needs this acceleration to shift the technology into the next phase of development. This will quicken efficiency gains and will create a sustainable future for autonomous vehicles.

“We are excited to be working with Hyzon, an established and pioneering group in global zero-emission mobility, a world leader in fuel-cell technology and already a supplier of hydrogen powered trucks to ports. This is an exciting partnership, and we look forward to delivering the future of sustainable and safe mobility in the coming years.”

Technology details

AIDrivers is a provider of artificial intelligence (AI) enabled autonomous technology. The proprietary technology combines radar, LiDAR and cameras and is retrofitted to existing truck fleets rendering them fully autonomous. The applications have been trialled and rolled out in ports globally and have further applications in airports and across the logistics chain.

Aidrivers technology has two cornerstone solutions: The Autonomous Intelligent Operating System (AIOS) and the Autonomous Intelligent Fleet Operator (AIFO). AIOS is equipped with precision 3D mapping and localisation to navigate in mixed traffic within dynamic port environments.

The operating system combines 3D perception with situation awareness to enable autonomous driving. AIFO provides the operator with a live visualisation platform and predictive mobility analytics for intelligent path planning to facilitate in-time operations and energy efficient vehicle scheduling.

Hyzon Motors aims to accelerate the conversion of heavy vehicles to cost-effective, zero emission sustainable operations by converting to hydrogen power. Maintaining performance and delivering attractive economics are key drivers of the business offering.

Hyzon Motors’ focus is on accelerating the energy transition through the manufacturing and supply of hydrogen fuel cell-powered commercial vehicles across the North American, European, and Australasian regions. Together with its parent company Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies, they have already been supplying hydrogen-powered vehicles and fuel-cell solutions to seaports and other industrial operators for many years.

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