This partnership will help bridge the gap between vehicle and roadway technology nationally, enhancing both safety and reliability while showcasing the full potential of automated transportation.
Washington, D.C., March 14, 2023 – Cavnue, the leading developer of roadway and infrastructure technology designed to accelerate the full benefits of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs), and RRAI (commercial division of Robotic Research)—a global technology company delivering autonomous mobility and robotics solutions—announced today a strategic partnership to jointly collaborate on advancing the future of highly automated transit across the United States. RRAI, which has pioneered transit autonomy and safety, will serve as an advisor as Cavnue works to develop infrastructure technology that will enable bus fleet operators with safer and more efficient operations.
“By working alongside RRAI, Cavnue will be better equipped to design roadway technology that meets the complex nature of automated bus transit,” said Tyler Duvall, Co-founder and CEO of Cavnue. “Their expertise in automating vehicles will allow us to focus on how digital infrastructure will enhance the safety, reliability, and efficiency of bus operations and ultimately lead to a better experience for transit agency customers.”
Cavnue plans to leverage RRAI’s expertise in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) as well as end-to-end autonomous driving solutions with its own infrastructure technology stack to demonstrate the advantages of a fully connected mobility solution—from vehicle to road.
“Tech-enabled infrastructure adds another layer to the safety chain, which can aid commercial ADAS and autonomy systems,” said Alberto Lacaze, CEO of Robotic Research. “We look forward to working with and advising Cavnue on how smart roadways can inform vehicles about the environment that will lead to more robust safety capabilities.”
Cavnue previously reached an agreement with the State of Michigan—as well as closed on a $130M Series A raise to accelerate a robust project pipeline nationally—on the next phase of its CAV corridor in Southeast Michigan. The project aims to connect Detroit and Ann Arbor with a focus on closing long standing gaps in access to transit and transportation. As part of this scope of work in Michigan, Cavnue is developing infrastructure that will enable enhanced transit operations. Together, Cavnue and RRAI will explore ways in which connected roadways can communicate and enhance ADAS-enabled buses. Through this partnership, the companies also plan to collaborate on commercial opportunities throughout the U.S. including municipal transit fleet deployments.
RRAI has delivered autonomous mobility and robotics solutions to the defense sector for two decades and recently raised a $228 million Series A funding round. RRAI’s vehicle-agnostic, full-stack autonomy kit is already integrated into a variety of commercial and defense vehicles.
Smart vehicles need smarter roads. Cavnue was founded to bridge the worlds of technology and road infrastructure to rapidly realize a safer, more efficient, and more accessible future of connected and automated vehicles in all regions. Our vision is to develop the world’s most advanced roads by incorporating physical and digital infrastructure that unlock the full spectrum of capabilities of current and future automated vehicle technologies. For more information, visit Cavnue.com.
RRAI was founded in 2002 as a small, high tech, engineering firm specialized in developing custom autonomy solutions for both aerial and ground operations. RRAI has matured into a venture-backed technology company, committed to being a global leader in autonomy technology for both defense and commercial customers. In 2013, RRAI deployed its first autonomous shuttle for commercial use. By 2018, the RRAI autonomy stack, AutoDrive, was deployed globally on low-speed electric shuttles.