StreetDrone’s new connected platform intended to make any vehicle safely ready for autonomous technology
StreetDrone announced Xenos, its new in-house developed platform that reportedly provides the means to make any vehicle safely ready for autonomous driving, allowing AVs to connect to new mobility applications, making vehicles smart, autonomous, and networked. Xenos works by offering a combination of software and hardware that allows different vehicle controllers to communicate with autonomous applications, including artificial intelligence, self-driving software stacks, and remote mission control.
Mike Potts, founder and CEO of StreetDrone, explained, “The self-driving world is a lot like the mobile phone market of the mid-2000s. Until Android arrived, phones weren’t running modern apps. It saved handset manufacturers by making phones smart. Xenos allows us to play a similar role—connecting any vehicle to new mobility apps, making them smart, autonomous, and networked.”
He noted that the company’s focus is in helping connect vehicles into growing mobility networks, such as those offered by Lyft and Uber, by providing the means for vehicle manufacturers to safely make autonomous-ready and connected vehicles. He added, “We’ve been building and testing the on-vehicle version of Xenos for 18 months, built it into the StreetDrone ONE (our Renault Twizy-based AV platform) and connected various self-driving applications to make it safely autonomous-ready. Our self-driving vehicle functional safety system is the world’s only commercially available system of its kind and ensures that the StreetDrone ONE is safe when running as an autonomous car.”
StreetDrone is beginning a multi-million-pound funding drive to accelerate its expansion. The new investment will go into further development of the Xenos platform.