Lightning eMotors Inc., a provider of zero-emission medium-duty commercial electric vehicles and electric vehicle (EV) technology for fleets, and STEER Tech, an OEM and aftermarket autonomous vehicle (AV) software company, has announced a collaboration to offer autonomous functionality to Lightning’s customers to enhance safety and efficiency. STEER’s AV technology can add safety functionality currently unavailable in most medium-duty commercial EVs.
The collaboration will facilitate the integration of STEER’s autonomous vehicle technology into Lightning’s medium-duty commercial electric vehicle product line. STEER’s patented autonomous vehicle technology can add safety functionality currently unavailable in most medium-duty commercial EVs, such as collision avoidance and autonomous vehicle movement, and could be used in a variety of use cases including campus employee and student transportation and distribution center cargo movement.
The system also can be used to automate parking in crowded lots such as school bus yards and transit marshaling yards. Further, the AV technology can be combined with charging stations to automate the charging process, requiring minimal human involvement.