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rideOS partners with Ford’s subsidiary Autonomic

ABR Staff Writer Published 18 June 2018

rideOS has partnered with Autonomic, a subsidiary of Ford Smart Mobility, to address crucial challenges in the area of self-driving vehicle technology.

rideOS is a technology platform designed to speed up the safe, worldwide roll-out of self-driving vehicles.

It raised $9m in Series A funding led by Sequoia with participation from Graph Ventures and SV Angel.

Sequoia’s partner Mike Vernal has joined rideOS as one of the board of directors. 

The company was started last year by two former Uber employees Justin Ho and Chris Blumenberg. rideOS CEO Justin Ho was formerly the strategy head at Uber's ATD, and rideOS chief technology officer Chris Blumenberg served in Uber map services head.

The duo planned to being self-driving vehicles to market, so they built rideOS to be a platform-agnostic distributor of critical information across fleets.

Justin Ho said: "We're building the next generation air traffic control system for ground transport to help ride-hailing companies, OEMs, mobility startups, and governments bring fleets of self-driving vehicles to the world safely.

"In order to bring millions of self-driving vehicles to the world and create a safe and efficient self-driving ecosystem for consumers, 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."

The rideOS platform offers a plethora of products and services that can be used as building blocks for developing on-demand self-driving services. Its core services are claimed to work in real-time through the use of cloud and include autonomous vehicle routing, estimated time of arrival (ETA) calculations, dispatch, supply positioning, multi-rider trip planning, and fleet management dashboards.

Acquired by Ford Smart Mobility this year, Autonomic is claimed to have created the first open cloud-based mobility platform that can connect and empower mobility systems for creating a safer and more sustainable transportation network.

Its Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC) allows developers and automakers, along with Ford, to connect several components in urban mobility including vehicles, mass transit, pedestrians, city infrastructure, and service providers.

By partnering with Autonomic’s TMC, rideOS can offer routing and market place services to Autonomic's OEM customers such as Ford.

The partnership will allow the two companies to build robust platforms to accelerate a safe rollout of connected vehicle technology.

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

"By integrating with rideOS' unparalleled routing engine and accompanying suite of services, Autonomic is able to provide customers with technology to enable self-driving fleets and connected vehicles.”

Image: rideOS has secured $9m in funding, led by Sequoia Capital. Photo: Courtesy of The Ford Motor Company.