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Ford-owned Autonomic, creator of the Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC) platform, is partnering with rideOS, a San Francisco-based start-up founded by two former Uber employees, to develop routing software and dispatch instructions for fleets of autonomous cars.

rideOS, founded in 2017, aims to provide a platform-agnostic, modular set of products and services to distribute information across a fleet. These include routing, real-time calculations on arrival times, dispatch, multi-rider trip planning, fleet management dashboards and supply positioning.

“We’re building the next-generation air traffic control system for ground transport to help ride-hailing companies, OEMs, mobility start-ups and governments bring fleets of self-driving vehicles to the world safely,” said co-founder and CEO Justin Ho in a statement. “We need to ensure that safety-critical information like traffic conditions, accidents, harsh weather, construction zones and potholes are immediately and accurately communicated to every vehicle operating in the area.”

Autonomic, founded in 2016 and acquired by Ford Smart Mobility earlier this year, offers developers and automakers the ability to connect and integrate different components within an urban mobility system, via the TMC: vehicles, infrastructure, service providers, public transit and even pedestrians, for example.

“Autonomic’s partnership with rideOS is the natural next step toward accelerating the creation of safe and sustainable self-driving fleets,” added Autonomic CEO Gavin Sherry. “We share a vision of a future where cities’ transportation networks are fluid and connected via large-scale infrastructure.”

Voyage to use Renovo's AWare OS, deploy fleets later this year

Meanwhile, autonomous taxi start-up Voyage has announced that it is to licence Renovo’s AWare OS for its fleet, with initial commercial deployments to begin this year. A fleet of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans fitted with Voyage’s own automated driving system running on the AWare OS will go into use in residential communities in central Florida and San Jose, California. Other partners in the combined ecosystem include HD mapping provider Carmera and LiDAR producer Velodyne. In addition to supporting automated driving up to Level 4, AWare “provides a reliable runtime for all other vehicle applications including teleoperation, mapping, fleet management and data services,” according to a statement, and “works with any application, any sensor and any vehicle.”

-Farah Alkhalisi