Queensland-based ACE-EV has signed a memorandum of understanding with AI solutions company SenSen to provide sensors for its planned range of electric vehicles with a view to autonomous driving capabilities.
ACE-EV has a vision to rebuild a car manufacturing industry in South Australia, announcing last August a deal with Adelaide vehicle body building company Aldom.
Its unique range of planned electric vehicles utilise a lightweight, monocoque and carbon-fibre reinforced body design and includes a van, ute and city car.
Under the agreement, SenSen will develop its AI and sensor analytics systems with ACE-EV to create a collision avoidance system for its vehicles.
ACE-EV managing director Greg McGarvie said in a note by email that ultimately the company’s electric vehicles could use SenSen’s technology for autonomous capabilities – a commendable goal that, given the investment and time it has taken EV juggernaut Tesla for its Full-Self Driving program, seems very ambitious.
“This is a great opportunity for two clever, innovating Australian companies to demonstrate leadership in the development of a cleaner, more secure, cost-efficient and smart transport system,” said McGarvie.
“Not only does the ACE vehicle bring back vehicle manufacturing and energy solutions to Australia, but as a world leader in AI and sensor technology, SenSen will provide its expertise to making our vehicles autonomous – a first for Australia!” he said.
Australia gained a first look at ACE-EV’s vehicles at Sydney’s Smart Energy Expo in 2019. The prototype electric Cargo “tradie van” with 33kWh battery for 250km driving range is touted as a perfect solution for tradespeople.
Its monocoque carbon-fibre design means it can be manufactured quickly and at low cost. ACE-EV is accepting reservations for the Cargo at $480 a pop with final pricing yet to be announced. The ACE-EV Yewt can be pre-ordered for $199 for the first 30 orders.
Bridie Schmidt is lead reporter for The Driven, sister site of Renew Economy. She specialises in writing about new technology and has been writing about electric vehicles for two years. She has a keen interest in the role that zero emissions transport has to play in sustainability and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum.