Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Germany's Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH and Paravan GmbH have joined forces to develop semi- and fully autonomous vehicle platforms.
The vehicles would be for military and dual-use applications and include civilian emergency response vehicles, the companies said in an announcement on Wednesday.
Paravan has been developing drive-by-wire control technologies for more than 15 years. It has prepared and equipped over 200 test vehicles, pre-series vehicles and show cars for autonomous driving on behalf of automobile manufacturers for the past five years.
Its modular systems consist of software, actuators, interface management, and integrated sensors that can be adapted to the needs of system manufacturers like Rheinmetall.
Aside from autonomous driving, Paravan technology eliminates the need for a steering column, enabling a complete rethink when it comes to the design of vehicle interiors, as well as creating room for entirely new future vehicle concepts.
Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH is involved with the development and production of armored vehicles and turret systems.
Additional details of the global cooperation agreement by the two companies were not disclosed.