Technology group Rheinmetall Landsysteme has entered a global cooperation agreement with Germany’s drive-by-wire technology firm Paravan for autonomous vehicle technology.

Under the partnership agreement, both companies plan to design and develop semi and fully automatic platforms for military and dual-use applications.

Additional applications of the technology could include civilian emergency response vehicles for protecting and rescuing people in high-risk situations and disaster zones.

The agreement covers cooperation both at home and abroad, and lays the groundwork for the development of remotely controlled, automated, and future autonomous systems.

With more than 15 years of experience in developing drive-by-wire control technologies that comply with ECE-R 79, ECE-R 10 and ECE-R 13 regulations, Paravan has prepared and equipped more than 200 test vehicles, pre-series vehicles and show cars for autonomous driving in the last five years alone.

“Under the partnership agreement, both companies plan to design and develop semi and fully automatic platforms for military and dual-use applications.”

Equipped with an independent power supply, Paravan’s patented, fail-safe and roadworthy systems consist of software, actuators, interface management and integrated sensors.

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These systems eliminate the need for a steering column and can be readily adapted to the needs of system manufacturers such as Rheinmetall.

Paravan specialises in the redundant digital control of steering, accelerating and braking, as well as supplying interfaces for digitisation, GPS, control computers, cameras, radar and sensors.

Rheinmetall Landsysteme is responsible for the development and production of tracked armoured vehicles and turret systems.