Ridecell acquires Auro, launches Ridecell autonomous operations platform
Ridecell Inc., a global platform for carsharing and ridesharing operators, announced the acquisition of Auro, a California-based developer of autonomous vehicle technology, in an all-stock transaction. Ridecell also announced the public availability of its autonomous operations platform. With these two initiatives, Ridecell now offers on-demand autonomous shuttle mobility service in low-speed, private-road settings. The Auro team will become the Ridecell Autonomous Driving Division.
"The Auro acquisition and the launch of our autonomous operations platform represent the next phase of our strategy to provide a complete autonomous solution for Ridecell customers," said Aarjav Trivedi, CEO of Ridecell. "We can now provide even more value for our autonomous customers and help mobility operators launch new carsharing, ridesharing, and on-demand shuttle services today that will accommodate the addition of autonomous vehicles without the need to change the underlying platform. The acquisition makes it possible to launch a proven autonomous shuttle service today in settings such as corporate and college campuses."
"The technology behind Auro-enabled driverless shuttles, together with the Ridecell on-demand mobility platform, will help campuses and other private environments prove that autonomy can be an integral part of an urban transportation experience today, rather than just a short, fixed-route showcase," said Nalin Gupta, CEO of Auro. "We are excited to join forces with Ridecell to make even bigger strides in autonomous new mobility."
Ridecell also announced the availability of its new autonomous operations platform. The platform is designed to automate vehicle and operations management for autonomous fleets.
The platform gives autonomous vehicle fleets the intelligence to manage their own operational tasks, in routine and emergency situations. The platform can direct autonomous vehicles to operations depots for maintenance and route support vehicles to the autonomous vehicle for routine operational tasks such as cleaning as well as on-demand assistance in exceptional situations. The platform also automates vehicle access so service personnel can enter the vehicle. Additionally, the platform automates reporting for autonomous compliance and risk data.