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Argo Unveils Autonomy Suite to Serve Rideshare, Delivery Companies


September 12, 2022

Argo AI, which develops autonomous vehicle technologies, has announced a comprehensive suite of products and services designed to enable businesses of any size to use autonomous vehicles to enhance ridesharing or goods delivery operations. The Argo product ecosystem can be customized to fit a business’s needs, bringing together self-driving technology, vehicle and fleet management, and data and analytics software to help companies achieve scalable autonomous operations.

Customers can choose the Argo Connect offering to help kickstart their autonomous operations, which leverages a suite of intuitive APIs that let businesses integrate Argo-powered autonomous vehicles into their existing operations. With Argo Connect, businesses can schedule and dispatch autonomous vehicles to move people and packages, while creating a natural experience for their rideshare or delivery customers.

The company’s Argo Autonomy Platform includes software, hardware, high-definition maps and back-end support that enables Argo autonomous vehicles to safely drive in cities, suburbs and on highways. The four products within the platform are:

  • Argo Drive, the self-driving software and hardware that sense the vehicle’s surroundings in 360 degrees, detect other road users and predict their actions, and direct the steering, braking and acceleration to safely plan the vehicle’s trajectory.
  • Argo Lidar, the company’s proprietary long-range sensor, capable of over 400 meters range with camera-like resolution and single photon detection to recognize dark objects, like black-painted vehicles, early and with high precision. Argo Lidar is already being manufactured and has been integrated across the entire Argo fleet in two continents.
  • Argo Map, a high-definition map network built with street-level knowledge of roadways, traffic infrastructure, speed limits and more. Argo has developed a turnkey process for map expansion in existing and new markets, which enables rapid scale to new cities. In the past year, Argo doubled its total mapped mileage and added two new cities to its portfolio.
  • Argo Hub, a suite of cloud tools and infrastructure to support autonomous vehicles in the field. Argo Hub includes remote guidance and remote troubleshooting support, as well as map zone management to communicate real-time road changes to Argo autonomous vehicles.

“Advancements in autonomy will improve the safety and accessibility of our roads, while also solving real business challenges,” said Brett Browning, Chief Technology Officer and executive vice president of product development at Argo AI. “By creating this full suite of products and services, Argo offers businesses across a broad range of industries everything they need to take advantage of self-driving technology at scale.”

Argo said it created its product ecosystem by leveraging its years of experience developing, testing, and operating self-driving technology on multiple vehicle types and in eight diverse global cities. It also integrated input from a wide range of companies into its product design and development process, which allowed Argo to develop tools that serve ride hail and ride pooling, and middle- and last-mile delivery. It is currently operating consumer-facing ridesharing with Lyft, and autonomous goods delivery with Walmart.

The company also created a portfolio of enhanced solutions for businesses to supplement in-house capabilities, Argo Autonomy Solutions. This package includes:

  • Argo Operations, a set of in-market services to help businesses seamlessly deploy and operate autonomous vehicles. Businesses can opt in to field operations teams and tools for on-the-ground vehicle management, rider and delivery customer service, and rapid response to ensure a smooth and positive end-customer experience when autonomous vehicles are on the road.
  • Argo Fleet, a set of products designed to maximize fleet uptime and meet the unique service and operational needs of autonomous vehicles. This includes support for terminal activities like sensor calibration, data ingest, self-driving system startup and shutdown. It gives business owners real-time visibility into the status of each autonomous vehicle, tools to manage vehicle and personnel schedules, and access to on-site support for specialized autonomous vehicle maintenance.

Argo said its Autonomy Solutions are customizable and adaptable based on a business’s needs, and ensure that any company can benefit from scaling autonomous services, regardless of their fleet management or operational capabilities.

With the amount of data being generated by its vehicles, the Argo Autonomy Data and Analytics offering is used to constantly improve Argo’s products and services, while also providing insights to business customers. 

Argo’s development footprint and daily fleet operations in multiple cities around the world exposes the Argo Autonomy Platform to complex scenarios and driving behaviors.

  • With every new interaction, Argo said it can update and improve its self-driving system performance to better meet customer needs.
  • When Argo-powered autonomous vehicles are in the field, they are always online, measuring performance and key metrics for specific customer use cases. Those metrics can be used to provide actionable insights to businesses to improve their logistics and in-market operations. With connected, digital fleets covering rideshare and delivery routes, companies can uncover areas for efficiency gains and optimize logistics processes.

Argo Autonomy Data and Analytics also provides real-time traffic and road insights, which could be useful to city governments, logistics companies, and other stakeholders.

For more details on the Argo Autonomy Platform, visit its website here.

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