Aslan Autonomy, a new international not-for-profit collaboration between transport authorities, universities and private stakeholders, has launched a new open source driverless vehicle platform.
Aslan Autonomy says the potential social, commercial and environmental benefits of autonomous mobility in cities is not being realised quickly enough.
The free and open software stack, called Project Aslan, has been launched expressly to foster engineering collaboration on driverless technology.
The project's founder members and advisory board includes HAN University of Applied Sciences, Holland, RoboSense, an advanced LiDAR technology company, StreetDrone, the end-to-end urban mobility company, cybersecurity experts, Enkrypta, Jim O’Reilly, strategic product and innovation manager at Ordnance Survey, Prof Siraj Ahmed Shaikh, Professor of systems security at the Institute of Future Transport and Cities (IFTC) at Coventry University, Garry Staunton of RACE (Remote Applications in Challenging Environments) as part of Testbed UK and Hai L. Vu, Professor, Intelligent Transport Systems at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
Aslan Autonomy has identified the high investment demands required to pursue end-to-end driverless technologies presents a clear barrier to progress.
The project has set itself the ambition to remove these barriers to entry and prioritise the benefits of driverless vehicles for metropolitan and low-speed use cases where it believes the benefits are the greatest and a collaborative approach is already determined by the involvement of multiple public agencies and private companies.
By focusing on a more defined operational domain based on slow speeds in cities as well as embracing an open-source approach, Project Aslan said it has opened up a smaller problem to a far larger group of collaborative engineering capability from across the world.
Engineers can now download the open source resource through www.project-aslan.org. It features data from 22 autonomous vehicles currently deployed in a variety of trial use-cases in locations ranging from Hong Kong to the UK.
Mike Potts, chief executive of StreetDrone, one of the founder members of Project Aslan said, “The fundamental objective of the project is to focus the power of engineering collaboration on a very defined controlled speed urban use case to enable fast deployment of self-driving solutions.
“The group that has set this initiative underway welcomes new companies and individuals who share Aslan’s ambition as the promise of autonomous vehicles has been unfulfilled for too long. Collaboration and Project Aslan are the remedy for that shortcoming.”
Those interested in joining Project Aslan can email [email protected].