Together with partner company driveblocks, German specialist pepper motion will soon develop self-driving truck prototype. According to the partners, with a manufacturer-independent retrofit solution consisting of sensors, computers, and the associated software, it will be possible to equip electrified trucks with automated and autonomous driving functions in the future. The solution, which will be presented at IAA Transportation, later this month, is to be tested in real-world use by a pilot customer from summer 2023.
pepper motion and driveblock: the duo’s division of roles
pepper, as a pioneer and trend-setter in the conversion of commercial vehicles, is responsible integrating the autonomy hardware into the vehicle platform with electric drive system and the interfaces to the high-performance computer with the automation software. driveblocks, a specialist in innovative algorithms in the field of autonomous driving, integrates its modular and scalable software solution into the prototype. A suitable pilot customer for the jointly developed solution is to be identified in the pepper network.
Alexander Wischnewski, CTO and co-founder of driveblocks, sees the cooperation as an important milestone: “Working with pepper allows us to test the driveblocks software platform under real-world conditions and gather important insights into the resulting savings and potential for optimization”.
“In driveblocks, we have a highly innovative partner on our side. Automated driving plays to its strengths in the transportation industry in particular – in terms of process optimization, cost savings, and a new level of driving and traffic safety in the interaction between humans and machines. For us, the joint project is the logical further development of our emission-free drive systems and one of the most exciting research and development projects currently underway”, explained Matthias Kerler, CTO pepper motion GmbH.