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Aidrivers and Jacobs enter new agreement to advance AI-enabled autonomous solutions in industrial transportation

Aidrivers, the specialist in AI-enabled autonomous solutions across industrial mobility, has entered into a powerful new agreement with the global engineering and technical professional services firm Jacobs.

Aidrivers and Jacobs have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which will see them work together to implement autonomous technology in industrial automation and add value to both firms’ operations on a worldwide basis.

The MoU promises to bring sustainable industrial automation to a new level as the two companies work together in their drive for industrial evolution by meeting the immediate needs for resilience and sustainability in the global supply chain.

Aidrivers is best known for delivering its AI-enabled solutions into the ports sector as well as, increasingly seeing its solutions in demand for tow tractors, micro-logistics and trucks to deliver industrial transport automation without the need for infrastructure upgrade or environment change.

The agreement between Aidrivers and Jacobs will encompass all areas of the transport sector, including ports; it will create new opportunities as the companies work together on the provision of autonomous transport and equipment planning and programme management services to deliver best value and industry-advancing solutions to clients.

A key component of the agreement will be ground-breaking pilot projects. Several are already in the pipeline for 2022 and more will follow.

Dr Rafiq Swash, founder and CEO of Aidrivers, said: “The global ports and logistics sector is facing unprecedented challenges at present, in terms of congestion, delays and supply chain disruption. Putting AI and autonomy at the centre of design at the earliest stages is crucial to creating the efficient, cost-effective, sustainable transport solutions and streamlined operations we need for the future.

“Through this agreement, Aidrivers and Jacobs will focus on effective deployment and scaling up technologies together in the ports and wider transport sector.”

Dr Swash added: “Jacobs is, of course, a huge company deploying mega-projects on a global basis. Aidrivers is delighted that Jacobs has shown its confidence in our technology and solutions.

“We have collaborated on port project tenders and shared industrial knowledge transfer webinars; this MoU will deliver a closer relationship that adds more value on both sides. We are excited about what we can develop together.”

An essential tool in the agreement is Aidrivers’ innovative autonomous simulation with digital twin capability and cognitive 3D environment solution, which provides the digital infrastructure in which to design, test, evaluate, refine and rescale scenarios, solutions and operations in a virtual world before committing to major investments and physical work. This gives the customer confidence that they have the best solution for an optimised terminal or operational design before a single cable or piece of infrastructure is laid.

Patrick King, Vice President and Global Director, Ports & Maritime at Jacobs, said: “We are delighted to be embarking on this venture with Aidrivers, which demonstrates Jacobs’ commitment to providing our clients with end-to-end services and digital solutions for the challenges they face. We look forward to working with Aidrivers on the development and implementation of a range of autonomous solutions and automation services across the ports and transport sector.”

About Jacobs

“At Jacobs, we’re challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world’s most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good. With $14 billion in revenue and a talent force of approximately 55,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector. Visit jacobs.com and connect with Jacobs on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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