Trimble, VayaVision partner to make intelligent automation even smarter

For more than 20 years, Trimble has been connecting the physical and digital worlds in agriculture, construction, and mining with its automation technologies. By integrating VayaVision’s raw data sensor fusion and perception software platform with Trimble’s existing machine control technology, the three industries will now have access to advanced perception technology.

The partnership between Trimble and VayaVision, a LeddarTech company, will focus on advancing data fusion for multi-sensor systems such as LiDAR, cameras, and GNSS. The sensors are used to produce reliable environmental mapping, critical for autonomous solutions. As a result, improvements in autonomous machine performance when operating in challenging work environments or when supporting safety-critical applications are expected.

The collaboration will advance autonomous development and adoption with a customizable portfolio that could benefit agriculture, construction, and mining in the following six ways.

  1. Improve operational efficiency, decrease labor costs, and reduce project timelines.
  2. Help customers scale their automation efforts — from driver assistance features to fully autonomous solutions.
  3. Offer a flexible, customer-centric approach to product engineering and implementation.
  4. Reduce customer development costs and accelerate time to market with machine automation.
  5. Augment or replace human control to create a safer work environment through path optimization, obstacle avoidance, and situational awareness.
  6. Improve sustainability by optimizing vehicle functionality and utilization with automation to reduce idle time, fuel consumption, and environmental impact.

“Our business model is to collaborate with strategic partners to integrate our core technologies into their platform products which, in turn, can be used across multiple applications. The alliance positions Trimble to deliver a highly capable path-planning and autonomous system for the agriculture, construction, and mining industries,” says Youval Nehmadi, director of Perception Engineering of LeddarTech, Israel. “Our LeddarVision perception software delivers advanced, flexible, and robust 3D environmental solution for off-road and passenger car applications today.”

Finlay Wood, business area director for Trimble’s Autonomous Solutions Division, says, “We see the demand for operator assistance, autonomous machines, and workflow optimization accelerating dramatically. Alliances such as this are a critical part of how we will bring added value to our customers in all levels of autonomy.”

The BIRD Foundation is supporting the alliance. A binational research and industrial development fund that promotes cooperation between U.S. and Israeli companies, you can learn more about the BIRD Foundation by visiting birdf.com.

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