REE Automotive, an Israel-based provider of customizable four-wheel self-driving chassis platforms, announced a strategic alliance with Hino Motors (Hino), a subsidiary of Toyota that manufactures commercial vehicles and diesel engines, to jointly develop electric mobility solutions integrating REE Automotive’s technology.
The two companies aim to develop a detachable and customizable modular platform to carry cargo and passengers. The solution would have a low-floor, full-flat design and support autonomous driving. The hardware prototype is set to be developed by 2022.
The news comes just one week after the company announced a partnership with Navya, a France-based self-driving tech developer, to integrate its REEcorner technology platform with Navya’s self-driving solutions. Also, earlier this month, the company announced a similar partnership with Magna International, a mobility technology company, to build Modular Electric Vehicles (MEVs) under the “Powered by REE” brand.
REE Automotive’s REEcorner technology platform integrates all drive components into the arch of the wheel and the flat, modular chassis, which can be used as a battery or fuel a cell-powered vehicle. Its technology can be used in autonomous or electric delivery trucks, shuttles, and robotaxis. The platform enables the design of autonomous vehicles for a broad range of purposes, including last-mile delivery, Mobility-as-a-Service, mid-mile delivery, and medium-duty delivery, among others.