EKA, an affiliate of Pinnacle Industries Limited, has reportedly partnered with NuPort Robotics to bring Level 2 autonomy, ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems) in its electric bus models.
This partnership is the first development in India to integrate progressive AI (Artificial Intelligence) and Level 2 autonomy for electric buses on Indian roads.
Through this planned collaboration, NuPort will offer AI-powered autonomous solutions and EKA will offer the electric vehicle platform.
NuPort will utilize licensed AI technology which will eventually allow autonomous features thus increasing the operational efficiency, safety, and reduced carbon footprint.
EKA has commenced testing a range of NuPort-developed autonomous features. This advanced technology commits to contributing to notable enhancements in reducing environmental footprint, safety, and increasing operational efficiency.
The technology will be introduced with 5,000 buses, representing an investment of USD 19.64 million in contributing to the future of sustainability and transportation. These technologies are installed in commercial vehicles and have reduced crash rates by 50 percent.
Sudhir Mehta, Chairman of EKA and Pinnacle Industries Limited stated that the collaboration with NuPort assures that electric buses are not only futuristic but also environment-friendly through the integration of AI thereby making the buses safer and efficient to operate on Indian road conditions.
Raghavender Sahdev, Chief Executive Officer of NuPort Robotics, mentioned that the ongoing project with EKA enables the company to set an example in India for an AI-enabled Level 2 smart electric bus.
Sahdev added that the partnership with EKA on this enterprise enables the company to collaborate with a leading national producer and develop and learn technology solutions exclusively for Indian road conditions.
Earlier, Canada-based NuPort announced its plans to establish operations in India and completely develop and install its technology for commercial vehicle makers in the country, starting with manufacturers of electric vehicles.