Plus.ai in joint venture with FAW Jiefang to develop self-driving trucks
SILICON VALLEY provider of self-driving trucking technology Plus
SILICON VALLEY provider of self-driving trucking technology Plus.ai has announced a joint venture with China's big truck maker FAW Jiefang, in north eastern China's Jilin province.
The exclusive partnership is also launching its first product, the world's first production-class L2 semi-autonomous truck, which is built on Plus.ai's L4 autonomous technology stack, said the Plus.ai statement.
'This relationship is a testament to the technological prowess of Plus.ai and our ability to execute with partners like FAW Jiefang,' said Plus.ai chief operations officer Shawn Kerrigan.
The FAW J7 L2 truck is the joint venture's first commercial product, while the product roadmap includes a full L4 heavy truck in the next three to five years.
Built on Plus.ai's L4 full-stack autonomous driving technology and tested extensively through pilots in the US and China, the FAW J7 L2 offers semi-autonomy and provides robust safety improvements and fuel optimisation, said Plus.ai.
Key benefits include the ability to automate driving activities to reduce human error and driver fatigue. The FAW J7 L2 was created to address the desire of shippers and fleet operators to start using the semi-autonomous technology that is available today before L4 trucks become commercialised in the near future, the company said.
Plus.ai is a world leader in self-driving truck technology. Based in Silicon Valley with R&D offices in China, Plus.ai was founded in 2016 by a group of entrepreneurs and industry veterans with over 20 years of experience in high tech and artificial intelligence.