PerceptIn has announced a collaboration with the city government of Fukuoka to deploy its autonomous vehicle, the DragonFly Pod, at the Hakozaki area of Fukuoka.
PerceptIn is a visual intelligence company building machines that see, interpret, learn and take action. The company’s core technology, focused on visual intelligence, is finding its way onto myriad new devices in a broad range of areas, from IoT-grade robots to autonomous driving.
The company is known for its autonomous vehicle DragonFly which it claims to be safe, reliable and affordable. With headquarter in California and office in Shenzhen, China, PerceptIn serves more than 100 customers globally and works on providing hardware and software solutions for the robotization of the next generation of products.
With the support of The Japan Research Institute, Limited the company aims to launch a completely new and affordable micro-mobility service that will reduce the burden on local governments for transportation costs.
As part of its partnership with Fukuoka city government and MIRAI Future Smart City Challenge, PerceptIn will carry out field tests and demonstrations in the Hakozaki area in Kyushu.
PerceptIn’s electric low-speed small vehicle (LSE) DragonFly Pod is available as an autonomous mobility service that students, faculty, staff and elderly can hail for free via a mobile application. The DragonFly vehicle aims to roll-out within Hakozaki area in September 2019, when local citizens will be invited to experience the autonomous driving technology.
While general autonomous driving solutions such as LiDAR can be a challenge for small low-speed vehicles in terms of their price and power consumption, the DragonFly Pod is built with computer vision technology and a sensor fusion approach that enables PerceptIn to build the vehicle at an affordable price.
PerceptIn’s entrance into the Japanese market comes shortly after their launch of the DragonFly Intelligent Advertising Vehicle, which will be made available for purchase in the U.S to select customers in the first quarter of 2019 for $40,000. The company is now selecting customers for their self-driving vending machine pilot program in the U.S.
Source: Press Release