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Volvo Vehicles introduced that it now absolutely owns Zenseact, an autonomous driving software program growth firm. Volvo beforehand owned 86.5% of the corporate and purchased the remaining stake from ECARX, a world mobility tech firm.
Volvo mentioned the acquisition is a strategic step in direction of proudly owning extra of its software program that may energy key functionalities in future vehicles. Zenseact will proceed to function as a standalone firm and can lead the event of superior driver help programs (ADAS) and autonomous driving applied sciences to be launched in Volvo and Polestar vehicles.
Zenseact’s flagship product is OnePilot, an AI-powered software program platform for autonomous driving and ADAS purposes. This platform is already at work in Volvo and Polestar autos.
The platform supplies customers with three modes of operation: drive, cruise and experience. In drive mode, customers drive themselves, whereas the platform helps them to keep away from collisions with data and warnings. The system additionally supplies computerized breaking and steering interventions when wanted.
In cruise mode, OnePilot will management the car, however the consumer continues to be chargeable for supervising the scenario. The consumer ought to be ready to take management when wanted and hold their palms on the wheel always. OnePilot makes use of a driver monitor and hands-on detection to make sure customers are paying consideration when in cruise mode.
Lastly, in experience mode, OnePilot will take full, unsupervised management of the automobile. At present, the corporate can solely supply this mode in particular highway segments, but it surely hopes to develop this additional.
Zenseact’s portfolio additionally contains an integration suite, a set of configurable parts and companies that assist customers combine OnePilot into totally different car platforms and cloud environments, and a growth suite. The developer suite contains fleet operation and growth companies supplied at scale via the corporate’s developer portal for impartial innovators and builders.
Volvo accomplished the acquisition on December 31.