AutonomouStuff, part of Hexagon’s Positioning Intelligence division, and Great Wall Motor Company (GWM), China’s largest SUV and pick-up manufacturer, today announced a historic partnership. These two global leaders will work together to develop automated driving research platforms and launch a PACMod enabled by-wire software interface for WEY and Haval vehicles in the Chinese market in 2018.
The collaboration consists of joint engineering efforts to develop vehicles used for automated driving research and development, and to enable safe, reliable and secure interfaces to control the premium WEY and Haval vehicles.
“AutonomouStuff has worked closely with the early adopters of this technology and will continue to develop its strong position in China,” said Bobby Hambrick, Founder & CEO of AutonomouStuff. “Hexagon Positioning Intelligence and AutonomouStuff will provide continued support to the industry in China moving into larger volume production. Our agreement with Great Wall Motor Company will enable lower development costs and increase safety for automated driving research, thereby significantly reducing the barrier of entry. Without a doubt, this collaboration is a game changer and will have a massive impact in the industry. This is one step toward our overall plan to expand in China.”
“Thanks to this agreement with AutonomouStuff, our WEY VV6, which is our flagship intelligent premium SUV, will become more accessible as a platform of choice for self-driving car researchers in China,” said Mark Crawford, Chief Engineer of Autonomous Driving Systems for Great Wall Motor Company. “We take pride in the quality and workmanship of our products and plan to be a significant part of reinventing the future of transportation throughout China.”
AutonomouStuff is part of Hexagon’s Positioning Intelligence division, which also includes NovAtel and Veripos. Hexagon is a provider of digital solutions that create Autonomous Connected Ecosystems (ACE).
Great Wall Motor Company Limited manufactures and sells automobiles, and automotive parts and components in the People’s Republic of China. The company offers pick-up trucks, SUVs, and sedans primarily under the Great Wall, Haval and WEY brand names, as well as special vehicles, etc.