Ashok Leyland, the commercial vehicle maker subsidiary of Hinduja Group and Aidrivers, an AI-enabled autonomous solutions provider across industrial mobility have announced a partnership to produce autonomous electric terminal trucks. The two are said to be collectively addressing the Net Zero emissions needs of the port industry through this partnership while combining their specialist knowledge and experience.
This unique truck model, based on the Ashok Leyland platform and equipped with Aidrivers’ autonomous eco-system will be produced at Ashok Leyland’s manufacturing facilities. The company said, “Orders can be placed now for delivery in 2024, and the inaugural fleet of vehicles is anticipated to be ready for real terminal operations early next year.”
Dr N Saravanan, President and Chief Technology Officer, Ashok Leyland, said that the company is happy to collaborate with Aidrivers and looks forward to working together to create and develop the country’s first autonomous electric terminal truck. “We believe this will drive the industry forward in the coming years. We continue to innovate and leverage new technology, and our goal is to be a responsible and sustainable CV manufacturer. Our solutions are aligned with our country’s mission to be a leader in sustainable and environment-friendly mobility technologies,” he added.
Dr Rafiq Swash, Founder and CEO, Aidrivers said, “We are excited to work with Ashok Leyland, and jointly produce an autonomous electric terminal truck, bespoke designed for autonomous operations in a demanding and harsh port environment. This ground-breaking AV will set an important standard with milestones for both Net Zero and autonomous automation, and a platform on which we will expand the presence of ‘Aidrivers’ AI-enabled autonomous ecosystem for port operations.”

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