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Civil Maps joins Renovo ecosystem

The aim of the collaboration is a universal interface, architected by Renovo

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The companies are expected to share their work with customers in the fourth quarter of 2018
The companies are expected to share their work with customers in the fourth quarter of 2018

Civil Maps, creator of an edge-based HD mapping and localisation platform for self-driving cars, has teamed with Renovo to provide automated vehicle makers and technology providers with access to its vehicular cognition stack.

Renovo is the software technology company behind AWare, an operating system (OS) built specifically for automated mobility.

Through this technical collaboration, self-driving systems and other automotive modules that integrate with Renovo’s AWare will be immediately compatible with several key aspects of Civil Maps’ platform.

“Interoperability is the right direction for the industry and we are excited to take this step forward with Renovo,” said Sravan Puttagunta, co-founder and CEO of Civil Maps.

“By eliminating the painful exercise of each company doing the custom, one-off work of continually translating their software and hardware for other systems, we are removing a tremendous hurdle to production-scale AV deployment.”

Moving forward, the two companies will work together to standardise abstraction layers that sit between Civil Maps’ mapping and localisation systems and OEM sensor configurations, decision engines, human machine interfaces (HMIs), and control systems.

The aim of the collaboration is a universal interface, architected by Renovo, that will provide plug-and-play compatibility with Civil Maps’ vehicular cognition stack for all other modules in the AWare ecosystem, thereby providing significant time and cost savings for developers.

“Civil Maps is aligned with our deep commitment to enable the building of heterogeneous, automated mobility fleet deployments using the AWare OS,” said Chris Heiser, co-founder and CEO of Renovo.

“We’re excited to bring their uniquely scalable, HD mapping and localisation technologies to our customers and collaborate on furthering the development of API, data format, and other interoperability enablers.”

Civil Maps joins a roster of leading companies compatible with and leveraging the AWare OS including Samsung, Verizon, Velodyne LiDAR, Parsons, INRIX, Argus Cyber Security, Affectiva, Phantom Auto, Metamoto and others with a shared mission to develop and deploy fleets of highly automated vehicles by fostering innovation, collaboration and interoperability.

Renovo announced it is also expanding its own AWare-powered fleet of highly automated vehicles that operate in the San Jose, California, area to double digit numbers by the end of 2018.

Civil Maps and Renovo will work closely on abstraction and integration standards using the Renovo fleet, and are expected to share their work with customers in the fourth quarter of 2018.

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