Rochester Hills’ Dataspeed Partners with California’s Ridecell to Develop Autonomous Vehicle Safety Technology

San Francisco’s Ridecell Inc., a platform for shared and autonomous mobility operators, and Rochester Hills’ Dataspeed Inc., a drive-by-wire solution provider, have announced a partnership to enhance autonomous vehicle safety.
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Dataspeed is partnering with Ridecell to improve autonomous vehicle safety. Pictured is one of Ridecell’s autonomous vehicles. // Photo courtesy of Ridecell

San Francisco’s Ridecell Inc., a platform for shared and autonomous mobility operators, and Rochester Hills’ Dataspeed Inc., a drive-by-wire solution provider, have announced a partnership to enhance autonomous vehicle safety.

The companies have now started to test technologies in real-world conditions.

“Dataspeed is a leading provider of drive-by-wire control systems, with hundreds of vehicle installations worldwide,” says Aarjav Trivedi, CEO of Ridecell. “With our new strategic partner, Ridecell will begin comprehensive data collection of Dataspeed metrics from our Auro self-driving vehicles, which were licensed in 2018 by the state of California for on-road testing. AV safety is our top priority, and our combined efforts will help improve safety for all drive-by-wire AVs.”

The integration of autonomous technology from Auro, the self-driving division of Ridecell, with Dataspeed’s drive-by-wire vehicle controls, will improve AV data collection, data logging, and analytics, which will generate feedback to further develop advanced drive-by-wire offerings.

Data logging will also verify and document autonomous vehicle safety and performance, enabling third parties to evaluate the effectiveness of the combined system.

“Ridecell has distinguished knowledge and expertise in the shared mobility market,” says Paul Fleck, founder and CEO of Dataspeed Inc. “Their extensive research on the road will provide extremely valuable data for Dataspeed, which will accelerate new product development. This partnership aligns with our core strategy on many fronts and will support continued growth for autonomous vehicles in the mobility-as-a-service industry.”

Ridecell works to share autonomous vehicle operational data with third parties to enhance public safety. The company’s autonomous vehicles employ a collaborative platform that securely shares sensor data, real-time statistics, operational insights, and research and development tools.

It was founded in 2009 and has more than 150 professionals in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Australia. Its mission is to empower shared mobility operators to launch, expand, and maximize the use of their own ridesharing and carsharing services.

Dataspeed provides complete autonomous research and development vehicle integrations.

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