Australia’s Applied EV and Oxbotica partner to create the first cabinless AV

Julian Broadbent, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Applied EV

Australian Autonomous and Software-Defined Vehicle company Applied EV has teamed up with Oxbotica, a global leader in autonomous vehicle software, to develop the first fully autonomous cabinless commercial vehicle tested on publicly accessible European streets.

What does the AV mean for the transportation industry?

The Applied EV vehicle, called Blanc Robot, was built in Australia. It is a modular transport platform that can be configured for specific apps, like delivery or industrial logistics, and carries an exclusive centralised software and control system named BackBone that changes any car into software-defined vehicles. The landmark achievement follows two years of trials developing the system architecture in operations across the UK, Europe and North America.

“The Blanc Robot – a zero-occupancy, all-electric, fully autonomous prototype – is exactly the new-type vehicle that will form the mainstay of the transportation industry for decades to come. Our partnership with Applied EV was fundamental in developing a vehicle that could achieve this milestone. Oxbotica is changing the way people and goods move, and the Blanc Robot is part of this journey,” commented Paul Newman, Founder and CTO of Oxbotica.

What does the advancement mean for Aussie innovation?

Julian Broadbent, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Applied EV, says the successful collaboration with Oxbotica accelerates the commercialisation and application of AV tech.

“This exciting development positions the Australian developed innovations at the heart of the sector and the forefront of delivering AV technology on the streets of Europe. We are excited to see how this world-class product will continue to support the daily needs of the average European. This is a historic moment for the automotive industry,” commented Broadbent.

Founded in 2015, Applied EV is the missing link in the $240bn autonomous vehicle industry by creating the software and hardware that revolutionises transport and how we think about autonomous vehicles. In addition to the Oxbotica partnership, the Australian company is developing solutions based on its BackBone and Blanc Robot technologies in Asia and the US.

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