Plus selects Aeva 4D LiDAR for the production of autonomous truck fleet management

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Production and delivery of PlusDrive to customers began in early 2021. By the end of 2025, more than 100,000 vehicles are expected to be in use.

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Plus, a provider of self-driving truck technology, has selected Aeva to supply automotive-grade 4D LiDAR for the production of self-driving and fully autonomous trucks with PlusDrive system, according to the company’s press release.

Aeva’s LiDAR will help Plus autonomous trucks to clearly see their surroundings over long distances, reduce reaction times in safety-critical situations and solve borderline cases by using Aeva’s proprietary speed data.

Aeva and Plus have been working together since 2019 to equip and validate Plus’s autonomous truck transport system with Aeva Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) 4D LiDAR.

Plus will use Aeva’s 4D LiDAR sensors to improve its remote viewing in Plus’s commercially available driver-in product from late 2022 and lead to its fully autonomous driving system.

“Our global deployment of automated trucks in large-scale commercial fleets requires leading-edge technology that is automotive-grade, powerful and practical,” said Shawn Kerrigan, COO and co-founder of Plus. “We selected Aeva as our manufacturing partner because 4D LiDAR complements Plus’s cutting-edge long-range perception by adding critical instant speed sensing for the safe operation of autonomous trucks, and Aeva shares our commitment to bringing autonomous trucks to market.”

Aeva’s 4D LiDAR records speed and position for every point, even at distances of more than 500 meters. The combination of Aeva’s 4D LiDAR and the proprietary Autonomy Stack from Plus addresses many borderline cases, such as previously unknown obstacles that can confuse neural networks in the perception stack.

“We are excited to have a leader like Plus recognizing the unparalleled performance of our unique 4D LiDAR sensors,” said Soroush Salehian, Co-Founder and CEO of Aeva. “This production partnership confirms Aeva’s technology as the world’s first 4D LiDAR for the automotive industry for autonomous truck driving and we look forward to supporting Plus in ramping up production of its automated trucks.”

Originally posted on Fleet forward


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