Ridecell Inc., the leading platform developer for carsharing and ridesharing operators, today announced that its Autonomous Operations Platform was chosen as a winner of the 2018 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Innovation Awards. The top contender in the New Economy category, the Ridecell platform was selected by the SXSW judges as the most exciting tech development amongst sharing economy award finalists.
"The SXSW conference has a recognized pedigree as the forum for groundbreaking technology introductions," said, Aarjav Trivedi, Ridecell CEO. "Ridecell is thrilled to be chosen from such a highly competitive field of New Economy finalists for our Autonomous Operations Platform. While many innovators, including our own Auro brand, are teaching vehicles how to drive, the Ridecell Autonomous Operations Platform teaches fleets of driverless vehicles how to maintain themselves and manage their own emergency situations."
The award-winning Ridecell platform, publicly announced in October 2017, enables on-demand ridehailing and automates operations for autonomous vehicle fleets. Designed to handle rider onboarding, routine vehicle deployment, user accounts, and response to emergency situations, Ridecell offers fleet owners an intelligent platform that fulfills ride requests and handles scheduled and unscheduled refueling, maintenance, cleaning, and roadside assistance. The platform manages operations on both public roads or on private roadways, like college and corporate campuses, residential communities, and resort properties.
The Ridecell platform is available to any autonomous vehicle or service provider who is scaling their test fleets and working towards an on-demand pilot or planned service offering. It's also enables existing Ridecell carsharing and ridesharing customers to accommodate the addition of autonomous vehicles without the need to change the underlying platform.
Now in its 21st year, the annual SXSW Interactive Innovation Award recognizes "the most exciting tech developments in the connected world." One of five finalists considered from amongst hundreds of applicants in the New Economy category, the Ridecell platform is currently powering autonomous shuttle service on the campus of Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley and for a leading driverless fleet operating on public roads in the US.
Headquartered in San Francisco, the company provides an intelligent software platform that empowers mobility operators, including OEMs, car rental companies, auto clubs, cities, transit agencies, dealer groups, and private fleets to launch, expand, and maximize the utilization of their own ridesharing, carsharing, and autonomous fleet services. End-to-end integration and automation accelerate time to market, enabling Ridecell customers to launch mobility services quickly, operate efficiently, and scale revenues as business grows.
Founded in 2009 with a team of more than 100 professionals in the US, Europe, Asia and Australia, Ridecell is backed by investment funding from BMW i Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures and Y Combinator. The company has already processed over 20 million rides and rentals for new mobility offerings, including ReachNow, mobility service from the BMW Group, OMNI by Volkswagen, and GIG Carsharing service by AAA. In addition, Ridecell powers dynamic shuttle services for campuses such as Georgia Tech, UC Berkeley, UCSF, 3M, and transit agencies like SouthWest Transit.