Software subscription service for AV development

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UK-based StreetDrone is looking to make self-driving solutions affordable and accessible by launching what it claims is the world’s first subscription-based, self-driving software solution.

Called Enterprise ASLAN, the solution is aimed at companies with an interest in low-speed autonomous applications that require deployment in short timeframes, and it removes the need for large capital investments in software through a subscription system.

StreetDrone states the product is intended to provide a comprehensive software solution for low-speed environments including last-mile deliveries, campus transportation, ports and quayside freighting, bus and coach depot movements, parking lot management, airside support services, urban passenger transportation and contactless medicine deliveries.

In addition to reducing software costs, Enterprise ASLAN also provides commercial flexibility through access to its engineering capability, which can be used to help design applications for use in specific markets and environments. This removes the need for customers to invest in technical expertise and focus instead on the commercial realization of the benefits of autonomous solutions.

Furthermore, the pre-compiled software stack is platform-agnostic, which removes the need for specific hardware platform investment. It is also capable of running on any vehicle and is not tied exclusively to StreetDrone’s vehicles.

Mike Potts, StreetDrone’s CEO, commented, “Enterprise ASLAN is our next step in the mission to bring autonomy in reach of any business for whom autonomous technology might be a game-changer in their market.

“Many businesses simply don’t contemplate driverless solutions as they are terrified by the costs and the lack of options in the marketplace. So we’ve set about addressing that from a customer perspective by making the costs lower and amortisable. We’ve removed the need for specialist hardware platforms and vehicles and indeed the need to commit to hiring engineers. If a customer’s solution grows and they want to bring the expertise in-house, then Enterprise ASLAN provides a training platform to transfer that knowledge.”

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Lawrence has been covering engineering subjects – with a focus on motorsport technology – since 2007 and has edited and contributed to a variety of international titles. Currently, he oversees Automotive Powertrain Technology and Professional Motorsport World magazines as editor.

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