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Phantom Auto and Renovo Announce Partnership to Bring Teleoperation Services to Production Fleets of Driverless Vehicles

Phantom Auto’s Teleoperation Stack Now Running On Renovo AWare OS

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and CAMPBELL, Calif., May 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Phantom Auto, the leading provider of teleoperation safety technology for autonomous vehicles, and Renovo, the makers of AWare, the first OS for Automated Mobility, today announced a partnership to deploy teleoperation safety technology for fleet operations.  Phantom and Renovo have demonstrated their combined system on public roads in California (video of demonstration), and have created a cost-effective solution for at-scale deployments in 2018 and beyond.

Renovo AWare-equipped vehicle
A Renovo AWare equipped Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid with Phantom Auto’s teleoperation safety technology integrated.


Phantom Auto


According to Shai Magzimof, Phantom Auto’s CEO, the company’s teleoperation safety solution “helps ensure the optimally safe testing and deployment of AVs by enabling a remote human operator to safely drive an AV when it cannot drive on its own, because the AV technology is confused, operating in a degraded state, or non-operational.” Phantom Auto’s teleoperation safety technology allows for the rapid deployment of self-driving fleets and significantly reduces the overall cost of operation.  Phantom Auto has been working with Renovo as a key partner to advance their commercialization efforts.

Renovo’s AWare OS is used by the transportation industry today to build full-stack automated vehicles and leverages a proven automotive-grade architecture.  AWare allows multiple safety-critical applications to run on a single computing and network platform and to be deployed in a functionally safe manner.  This enables developers to integrate their core technology into a broader vehicle system — and in the case of Phantom Auto, to add their critical teleoperation safety technology to a wide range of AV deployments.

“It is vitally important that lifesaving AVs get tested and deployed on public roads rapidly and at scale, and Renovo is a key part of that strategy,” said Magzimof, “and both companies agree that it is imperative that that testing and deployment is optimally safe.  By utilizing teleoperation safety technology, driverless AVs will still have a human in the loop who can take over control of the vehicle in the event the vehicle cannot operate safely.”  Magzimof continued: “Renovo’s AWare OS gives us another way to integrate our service into AV stacks, and we are excited that our teleoperation system is now an option for other companies in the Renovo AWare ecosystem.”

The technical partnership between the two companies gives Phantom access to Renovo AWare OS as a commercialization platform.  Renovo AWare is a critical software layer that sits on top of the embedded vehicle infrastructure and provides a safe and reliable microservices interface to sensors, actuators, and data management that is universal across any type of vehicle.  AWare was developed in collaboration with Stanford University’s autonomous research teams, has been deployed in commercial road vehicles since 2014, and is used by electronics giant Samsung in their autonomous vehicle fleet.

“Phantom Auto is the leader in vehicle remote teleoperation and is setting the standard for system performance.  We are delighted they are using AWare in their fleet today, and companies in our ecosystem are thrilled to see this technology become a real option for their fleets,” said Christopher Heiser, Renovo CEO and co-founder.  “Phantom Auto and Renovo both see driverless vehicles making automated mobility-as-a-service (AMaaS) a massive near-term market opportunity that will transform urban transportation, and we share a common focus on moving to scale in a safe and economical manner as quickly as possible.”

About Phantom Auto
Phantom Auto enables a remote human operator to drive an autonomous vehicle when it encounters a scenario that the vehicle cannot handle on its own, enabling the safe and rapid deployment of autonomous vehicles.

Phantom Auto offers a teleoperation-as-a-service safety solution for all autonomous vehicles that includes low latency vehicle communication software, an API for real-time assistance and guidance, and a remote operator service.

Founded in 2017, Phantom Auto is based in Mountain View, California.

For more information on Phantom Auto, please visit: https://phantom.auto/

About Renovo
Renovo is a mobility software company accelerating innovation in Automated Mobility as a Service. AWareTM is Renovo’s scalable OS for Automated Mobility which merges software, data analytics, and automotive-grade safety systems into a unified solution for development, pilot and commercial deployments. The company combines Silicon Valley agility with proven automotive capabilities, united through a singular commitment to transform the way people and things move. For more information visit: renovo.auto

Media Contacts

Phantom
Elliot Katz
615.260.3260
elliot@phantomauto.com

Renovo
Mike West
760.567.6459
media@renovo.auto

Supporting Video: “Teleoperation of Renovo AWare-powered vehicle by Phantom Auto” YouTube URL https://youtu.be/J62YBIvX1Ro

/EIN News/ -- A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://resource.globenewswire.com/Resource/Download/2a108d76-ef9d-4ec3-bea6-daea3db5077c

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