LAS VEGAS (NV) and MELBOURNE (AUS) – The leader in fully-autonomous Software Defined Machines (SDM), Applied EV, unveiled an upgraded technology stack specifically designed for the mass-production of fully autonomous vehicles at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
Designed for the industry at large, the Generation Six Digital Backbone brings new levels of safety with multiple layers of redundancy, making it an ideal solution for Level Four and Five autonomous applications.
In a world-first, the proprietary Digital Backbone™ is commercially available to OEMs to enable machines of all types to run entirely on software.
The latest launch is part of Applied EV’s expansion plans to improve global transport solutions and deploy commercially-viable Mobility as a Service (MaaS) solutions across the globe.
“After years perfecting the Digital Backbone in trials, we are now presenting our first fully commercial solution. It is precisely the new type of innovation that will future-proof business models and form the mainstay of the transportation industry for decades to come,” says Applied EV’s CEO, Julian Broadbent.
“The Digital Backbone is functionally unique as it can be integrated into any traditional EV vehicles, or into our modular Blanc Robot platform. In turn, providing an ‘application-ready’ software-defined machine with the ability to service limitless industrial transport applications,” Boradbent concludes.
Originally designed and manufactured in Melbourne, Australia, the Blanc Robot™ is a cabinless universal ‘turn-key’ solution.
In addition to multiple worldwide trials with companies such as The University of Sydney, Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR), Teijin and Ibeo; the Blanc Robot is already being utilized for industrial energy and delivery fulfillment services.
In May 2022, in partnership with Oxbotica, Applied EV conducted the first cabinless autonomous vehicle tested on publicly accessible streets in Oxford, Europe.
In September 2022, Applied EV announced a strategic investment from Suzuki Motor Corporation. The companies are exploring deploying Applied EV systems in future Suzuki EV products and the production of autonomous vehicles at scale.
The Digital Backbone is set to improve Suzuki’s vehicle’s feature set and accelerate the transition to autonomous transport – while simultaneously – reducing hardware complexity and providing cost efficiencies.