Beep, an autonomous shared mobility provider, has announced a partnership with UK-based company, Oxa (formerly known as Oxbotica). The collaboration seeks to launch Oxa-driven autonomous vehicles (AVs) in the United States, marking Oxa's debut in the American market.
The collaboration framework includes integrating Oxa’s autonomy software into a range of Beep-operated vehicles. This could span from existing passenger shuttles to potential future vehicles. Gavin Jackson, CEO at Oxa, commented on the venture, stating,
“This marks a significant step forward for Oxa and the future of self-driving technology. Through partnering with Beep, we have the potential to drive several thousand vehicles over the coming years to make Oxa software the most widely utilized AV platform on the planet.”
Oxa's innovative software platform, the Oxa Driver, facilitates the energy-efficient and safe autonomous operation of vehicles in diverse environments. The platform integrates data from various sensors, such as cameras, lidar, and radar, to obtain a holistic understanding of its surroundings. A key feature of this software is its ability to employ AI in sensing and anticipating environmental changes around the vehicle, leveraging data from previous journeys to refine its capabilities continually.
As part of the initial rollout, two Beep shuttles equipped with Oxa software are currently functional at the SunTrax test facility located in Auburndale, FL. Oxa aims to use this facility to display its passenger transport system capabilities, targeting a wider public release later in the year.
Joe Moye, CEO at Beep, expressed his optimism about the collaboration, noting, “Oxa’s self-driving software, integrated with our command center and service management software, provides a safe and sophisticated autonomous solution that will enhance our passenger experience and operational capabilities, making more accessible, true autonomous use cases a near-term reality. Safe, shared autonomous transportation promises a major impact on traffic congestion, road safety and the environment, and we’re pleased to have a partner who shares these priorities and values in Oxa.”
This partnership announcement follows Oxa's earlier disclosure this year of securing $140 million in Series C funding. With its accumulated funding reaching $225 million, Oxa aims to leverage these resources to penetrate new geographic markets and expedite the rollout of its autonomous software.