GOING THE EXTRA MILE… AUTONOMOUSLY

A former Apple developer relations specialist, Pejvan Beigui has been CTO of EasyMile, a company that produces “autonomous shuttles for the last mile”, since 2014. We asked him to recap his presentation at the Shift Automotive Conference for IFA International readers.

I started by presenting the very deep and meaningful impact that autonomous vehicles will have on our society, and why there’s such a massive amount of investment going into that sector. I also discussed the different approaches from companies such as Tesla, Waymo and EasyMile. And, with this vision in mind, I tried to separate the dream from reality, and what the road ahead will look like.

I TRIED TO SEPARATE THE DREAM FROM REALITY, AND WHAT THE ROAD AHEAD WILL LOOK LIKE

Can you tell us a little more about EasyMile and your activities?

EasyMile is a major actor in the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) revolution with our EZ-10 autonomous shuttle. We have sold more than 110 and deployed them in 20+ countries, from Australia and Japan to the US. For three years, we have also been working on integrating our Level 4 autonomous stack in vehicles from other manufacturers, such as Alstom’s tramway, TLD’s tow- tractor and a bus from IVECO.

How will roads become safer with these solutions?

Over the past 15 years, technologies under the umbrella name of ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) have helped make cars much safer than ever before. Unfortunately, in many circumstances, the driver needs much more than just assistance (drunk driving, texting while driving, etc.). While it will take a few years for autonomous vehicles to prove their superiority, these seem to be some of the low hanging fruits that autonomy can pick today.


Photo: Pejvan Beigui, CTO, EasyMile