Swedish electric vehicle manufacturer NEVS (formerly Saab Automobile) is using Phantom Auto’s teleoperation safety technology for the deployment of NEVS' electric autonomous vehicles (AVs).

Phantom Auto, based in Silicon Valley, enables a remote human operator to drive an AV when it encounters a scenario that the AV cannot handle on its own. The firm’s teleoperation-as-a-service safety solution for all autonomous vehicles includes low latency vehicle communication software, an API for real-time assistance and guidance, and a remote operator service.

Stefan Tilk, CEO of NEVS, said, “Our AVs must be able to drive from any point A to any point B, which means driving through all edge cases they experience on the road, such as inclement weather, road work, and any other road obstructions.”

Tilk continued, “Phantom Auto’s teleoperation safety technology ensures that passengers in our vehicles can safely and efficiently drive through any edge case, and that’s why I am excited and proud to call them NEVS’ partner.”

Shai Magzimof, CEO of Phantom Auto, said, “It is vitally important that lifesaving AVs get deployed rapidly and at scale, but it is imperative that they are deployed in an optimally safe manner. By using Phantom Auto’s teleoperation safety technology, NEVS’ electric AVs will have a remote operator in the loop who can take over control if necessary, thus ensuring the safest possible experience for passengers in their vehicles.”

NEVS plans to deploy electric autonomous vehicles in the early 2020s, both in the EU and China. The company is now preparing for large volume production of the NEVS 9-3 EV in its new production plant in Tianjin, China, by the end of 2018. The company will also soon establish another production plant and innovation center in Shanghai.