The Ford Transit platform includes a drive-by-wire system enabling electronic control of the vehicle, GNSS positioning and perception sensors like LiDAR and RADAR, and AutonomouStuff’s autonomy software stack leveraging sensor data to output autonomous navigation. The software stack acts as the capstone of the entire platform, facilitating ease of integrating the autonomy solution into Ford Transit vehicles.
The by-wire platform, autonomy software stack and sensor suite were validated in an ongoing project where an automated shuttle services rural communities. The project uses a Ford Transit vehicle and is detailed in this case study. With the success of the rural transit project, AutonomouStuff is launching the Ford Transit by-wire R&D platform to empower the development of commercial shuttle transit, last-mile delivery and university autonomy programs.