Drive-by-wire is a key enabling technology in autonomous vehicles, allowing computers to direct electronic messages into vehicle systems to control throttle, braking, and steering, among other key processes. It’s market is expanding rapidly and a number of companies are positioning themselves to take advantage of the situation.
Dataspeed Inc, a Michigan-based drive-by-wire provider, and autonomous vehicle (AV) solution integrator, in this line, has entered into an understanding with Level Five Supplies under which the latter will support the company’s sales, marketing, and engineering services in Europe.
Level Five Supplies offers component sales and integration services in Europe. The company is based in the UK, one of the busiest hubs for autonomous vehicle research in the region is ideally placed to support the rapidly advancing ADAS and driverless sectors.
This partnership will allow for enhanced service and easier access to Dataspeed’s advanced by-wire product offering for AV researchers and developers in the European market. Dataspeed’s systems, already well established in deployed autonomous research and development projects in the US and Europe, are used in Level Five’s own domestic UK market by organizations including Oxbotica and Five AI.
According to the company, it has over 500 by-wire vehicles delivered globally, and its by-wire systems can be installed within a day with minimal modification to production parts and without disabling safety features. Current available supported platforms include the Ford Fusion, Ford Mondeo, Ford F-150, Ford Transit Connect, Lincoln MKZ, Lincoln Nautilus, Chrysler Pacifica, and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Additionally, Dataspeed’s experienced engineering team is skilled in custom AV projects and full sensor integrations.
Source: Dataspeed Inc.