2023 in Review: Celebrating a year of partnership and progress
Partnerships are at the heart of everything we do at Plus and what fuel our drive towards a smarter and safer future. 2023 was a banner year for our collaborations across the global autonomous driving ecosystem – forging new partnerships, expanding existing ones, and sharing our breakthrough innovations on stages near and far.
As we wrap up the year, we'd like to share our Top 10 Highlights and thank our partners for an incredible year. Happy Holidays and stay tuned for more to come!
Started public road testing in Germany
PlusDrive-powered IVECO S-Way trucks commenced public road testing in Germany and are set to expand trials to Austria, France, Italy, and Switzerland, paving the path to factory production. The companies will collect road data to validate their autonomous truck’s operations, demonstrating improved safety and efficiency and a more comfortable experience for drivers.
Launching an autonomous truck pilot in Australia
Plus was selected as the Level 4 autonomous trucking partner for Transurban, one of the world’s largest toll-road operators, to bring autonomous trucks to Australia. The project will help demonstrate how smart road systems together with self-driving vehicles will enhance traffic flow and operational efficiency.
Joining forces with an automotive powerhouse
Plus unveiled a partnership with Bosch, the largest automotive supplier in the world, to offer Level 2++ automated features to their commercial vehicle customers. Bosch’s global scale and deep experience as a system integrator for OEMs around the world will help further scale the commercialization of PlusDrive.
Announcing commercial freight pilot in Germany
Plus announced a groundbreaking four-way partnership for an automated trucking pilot in Germany with dm-drogerie markt, DSV, and IVECO. Piloting with a logistics carrier on a bustling commercial freight route is a key enabler for the large-scale deployment of automated trucks in the coming years.
Delivering zero-emissions autonomy
Plus was selected by Nikola to integrate PlusDrive next-generation safety system into Nikola Tre battery-electric and hydrogen electric vehicles, set to launch by the end of 2024.Together with Nikola’s base technology, PlusDrive will moderate and predict the optimal and safest speed, while also taking full advantage of regenerative braking in traffic and slowing conditions.
Pushing the boundaries of computer vision
Plus announced a collaboration with leading lidar provider Luminar to provide assisted driving software to commercial vehicle OEMs. Luminar’s Iris lidar, a first-of-its kind, automotive grade sensing solution,will enable PlusDrive to achieve new heights in sensing at further distances and at highway speeds.
Driving IP leadership
Plus holds 400+ awarded and pending patents worldwide to date, reinforcing Plus’s position as an inventive technology leader in the autonomous driving industry.
Championing tech-transport leadership
Plus was voted #2 on 2024 FreightTech 25 list, behind Amazon Freight, by a judging panel of transportation investors, CEOs, and senior industry executives. The award recognizes the most innovative and disruptive companies in the transportation industry.
Promoting workplace excellence
Plus was named to Forbes List of America’s Best Startup Employers 2023, ranked #1 in Technology sector and #9 among top 500 selected companies, in addition to other prestigious industry awards for our high caliber team and transformative autonomous driving software solutions.
Sharing visionary thought leadership
Plus presented at key events to discuss the latest business and technology developments in autonomous driving technology and our global commercialization progress
Thank you, 2023!
As the year comes to a close we want to thank our partners for working closely with us to deliver innovative autonomous driving projects and solutions to markets around the globe. In 2024 we will continue to share exciting developments as we welcome new partners and deepen current partnerships, as well as unveil new products. We are excited to keep advancing our global leadership in autonomous driving technology across all levels of autonomy.