Roush Industries Inc. in Livonia has agreed to facilitate the rapid production and installation of the TONY VA autonomous vehicle retrofit kit from Perrone Robotics Inc. in Virginia across a wide range of vehicle types.
The new collaboration was developed to support Perrone’s expanded sales opportunities for transit shuttles, low-speed electric vehicles, electric utility, and cargo vans, as well as large trucks for logistics applications.
Under the terms of the agreement, Perrone will leverage Roush’s expertise across several disciplines, which will shorten production lead times and streamline customer delivery cycles.
“Roush Industries represents an important step in our ability to shorten customer delivery times so we can scale up for fleet level deployments without compromising quality,” stated Paul Perrone, founder and CEO of Perrone Robotics. “We’re excited to work with the team at Roush to bring a production grade fine point to every autonomous vehicle that we field. This agreement is a natural fit for two innovative companies developing new mobility options to extend value.”
Roush will provide design engineering, vehicle controls integration, fabrication, and installation services, enabling Perrone to deliver a scalable production model to bring full autonomy for geo-fenced applications across commercial, governmental, and logistics markets.
“As a leader in the automotive engineering and specialty manufacturing sector with extensive experience in working with suppliers in the e-mobility and autonomous vehicle market, we applaud Paul Perrone’s focus on innovation and performance-driven autonomy,” says Jason Furr, vice president of business development for Roush Industries. “We share their commitment to advance reliable mobility options for cargo, utility, truck, and shuttles.”
Over the past few years, Perrone says it has seen “significant” demand for the modular TONY AV retrofit kit for deployments across government, commercial, resort, and logistic transit and transportation sectors.