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A long-term partnership has been signed between Oxbotica, the global leader in autonomous vehicle software, and NEVS, leading innovators of shared mobility solutions, to produce a fleet of self-driving, all-electric vehicles. These vehicles are planned to be released onto public roads by the end of 2023, reducing carbon emissions and revolutionising urban mobility. 

The collaboration will include the Oxbotica Driver autonomy system with NEVS ‘Sango’ vehicle which together, will develop a safer, more sustainable, and accessible passenger transportation solution for urban environments. 

A primary fleet will be released on geo-fenced public roads next year, followed by numerous projects in Europe 2024. The solution is planned to be scaled across the globe from 2025 onwards. This will be part of NEVS mobility ecosystem which incorporates the ‘Sango’ vehicle, a fleet management system and an app as the user interface. 

The effects of wide-scale adoption of electric vehicles would be highly impactful upon urban transportation. It has the potential to reduce congestion and radically lower emissions by replacing privately owned, carbon emitting vehicles with low emission electric multi-passenger vehicles. Moreover, less cars on the road would make the roads safer and reduce the demand for parking spaces. This, in turn, would enable city planners to reimagine urban landscapes, making room for greener spaces.  

NEVS ‘Sango’ vehicle is designed specifically for autonomous driving and optimised for shared passenger transportation in cities. Features of the all-electric, fully autonomous vehicle include: a flexible and adaptable interior with six moveable seats that can be operated in social or family mode. Therefore, you can ride with friends or family while privacy walls can still be created for more private journeys. 

The vehicle will be driven by Oxbotica’a autonomy system, Oxbotica Driver (a low energy use, high performance suite of technologies that works safely and seamlessly with any sensor, vehicle or platform. 

Both Oxbotica and NEVS share the same vision. They believe that shared, electric autonomous transport is the future of urban mobility. The partnership is the latest of Oxbotica’s autonomous vehicle deployments into key industries where the technology can transform economic, suitability, and safety metrics. 

Gavin Jackson, CEO at Oxbotica, has said: ‘’The combination of Oxbotica Driver and this stunning, next-generation, electric vehicle is a perfect match. It allows us to create an urban mobility service that will make roads safer, cleaner, and less congested and provide customers with a new way to travel. The partnership will truly change how the Earth moves and I can’t wait to see the first vehicles out on the road next year. 

President at NEVS, Stefan Tilk, has also commented saying: ‘’Having partnership with Oxbotica and being able to progress substantially with its autonomous stack as the ’driver’, will indeed make the ecosystem of our mobility solution complete. Through this partnership we will be able to make the ecosystem of our mobility complete. Through this partnership we will be able to deploy pilots and commercial fleets – ensuring a breakthrough in the movement of people in a green safe and smart way, paving the way for sustainable cities.”