Trimble (TRMB) and VayaVision Establish Alliance to Make Intelligent Automation Even Smarter

March 11, 2021 6:34 AM EST

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Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) and VayaVision, a LeddarTech Company, announced today an alliance that will bring advanced perception technology to the agriculture, construction and mining markets. The integration of VayaVision's raw data sensor fusion and perception software platform with Trimble's existing industry-leading machine control technology can enable intelligent automation in complex work environments. Together, Trimble and VayaVision expect to provide an innovative hardware and software portfolio, improving autonomous machine performance for a variety of industries.

The alliance is focused on advancing data fusion for multi-sensor systems such as LiDAR, cameras and GNSS. These sensors are used to produce reliable environmental mapping, which is critical for autonomous solutions. The result is expected to enable improvements in the performance of autonomous machines operating in challenging work environments or when supporting safety-critical applications.

Both companies will collaborate to advance autonomous development and adoption with a customizable portfolio that can potentially benefit agriculture, construction and mining professionals in several ways by:

  • Improving operational efficiency, decreasing labor costs and reducing project timelines
  • Helping customers scale their automation efforts—from driver assistance features to fully autonomous solutions
  • Offering a flexible, customer-centric approach to product engineering and implementation
  • Reducing customer development costs and accelerating time to market with machine automation
  • Augmenting or replacing human control to create a safer work environment through path optimization, obstacle avoidance and situational awareness
  • Improving 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 end applications. The alliance positions Trimble to deliver a highly capable path planning and autonomous system for the agriculture, construction and mining industries," said 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."

"Trimble has been connecting the physical and digital worlds with our best-in-class automation technologies for more than 20 years—whether it is in agriculture, construction or mining," said Finlay Wood, business area director for Trimble's Autonomous Solutions Division. "We see the demand for operator assistance, autonomous machines and workflow optimization accelerating dramatically and 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, a bi-national research and industrial development fund that promotes cooperation between U.S. and Israeli companies, is supporting the alliance. The foundation's commitment recognizes the value of combining Trimble's more than 20 years of advanced machine control technology with VayaVision's leading perception software to advance industrial autonomy. For more information on the BIRD Foundation, visit: www.birdf.com.



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