30. October 2019

FEV Designated as Strategic Integrator for PolySync’s DriveKit System

Partnership provides DriveKit customers advanced autonomous driving technology development, installation and testing services

Auburn Hills, MI – FEV North America, Inc. (FEV), a global leader providing advanced mobility solutions for the transportation industry, has entered into a partnership with PolySync Technologies, a leading developer of solutions for advanced testing and development of driverless vehicle technology. The partnership designates FEV as a strategic integrator of PolySync’s DriveKit, a comprehensive system allowing for full control of steering, braking, throttle, and gear selection for advanced testing and development of self-driving vehicles.

“This partnership is beneficial to all involved – FEV, PolySync and DriveKit customers – and we are excited and honored to be a part of it,” said Tom Tasky, Director of Intelligent Mobility and Software at FEV North America, Inc. “Many companies are working on technologies for autonomous driving and with FEV’s focus on future mobility solutions, including self-driving applications, DriveKit supports our ability to provide a dynamic and valuable solution for our customers working on these advanced technologies.”

FEV utilizes its system expertise, in-house equipment and vehicle lab to install the DriveKit, sensors, and computer hardware on customer vehicles to support autonomous fleet development. Beyond installation, FEV’s services include hardware integration, sensor fusion, localization, and motion planning; functional safety; cyber security; data processing and V2X communications; custom automated test systems; simulation; and performance benchmarking from a full autonomous system or at the component level.

“As demand for autonomous vehicle technology grows, OEMs are seeking solutions that can help them meet this need. The superior safety and speed of implementation into the vehicle platform that DriveKit enables will help FEV’s customers optimize their development cycles with predictable results in the shortest amount of time possible,” said PolySync Technologies CEO, Greg Drew. “We have a deep respect for our partners like the FEV Group and we look forward to working together to advance the state of autonomous mobility.”

PolySync’s DriveKit interfaces directly with the vehicle communication network so there is no need to interact directly with the vehicle systems. The test driver can easily regain control of the vehicle at any time by overriding through the steering, braking, throttle, or E-stop. All vehicle control functionality is implemented without permanent vehicle modifications and a loopback feature within DriveKit quickly restores the vehicle to its original state.

Currently, DriveKit is available for use on the Chrysler Pacifica, Kia Soul, and Kira Niro. The system is capable of interfacing with many popular tools, including MATLAB/Simulink and ROS (Robotic Operating System), allowing for rapid prototyping of autonomous systems.

About PolySync
PolySync Technologies builds solutions to accelerate the advanced development, testing, certification, and production of safe driverless vehicle technology. Automotive integrators, developers, government agencies, and universities around the world rely on PolySync for autonomous software and vehicle development. PolySync’s DriveKit is in operation on test tracks in more than 17 countries on four continents around the world. PolySync has offices in Portland, OR and Ann Arbor, MI. Learn more at polysync.io.

About FEV

FEV has always pushed the limits.
FEV is a globally leading engineering provider in the automotive industry and internationally recognized leader of innovation across different sectors and industries. Professor Franz Pischinger laid the foundations by combining his background in academia and engineering with a great vision for continual progress. The company has supplied solutions and strategy consulting to the world's largest automotive OEMs and has supported customers through the entire transportation and mobility ecosystem. 

As the world continues to evolve, so does FEV.
That’s why FEV is unleashing its technological and strategic expertise into other areas. It applies its forward thinking to the energy sector. And its software and system know-how will enable the company to lead the way making intelligent solutions available to everyone. FEV brings together the brightest minds from different backgrounds and specialties to find new solutions for both current and future challenges. 

But FEV won’t stop there. 
Looking ahead, FEV continues to push the limits of innovation. With its highly qualified >7300 employees at more than 40 locations globally, FEV imagines solutions that don’t just meet today’s needs but tomorrow’s. Ultimately, FEV keeps evolving – to a better, cleaner future built on sustainable mobility, energy and software that drives everything. For the company’s partners, its people and the world.