PerceptIn, a Santa Clara, Cal.-based visual intelligence technology company specializing in autonomous driving technology, has announced plans to relocate its global headquarters from California to Fishers, Indiana to launch an autonomous vehicle pilot program and create up to 50 new, high-wage jobs by 2022. PerceptIn will establish its headquarters at the Indiana IoT Lab – Fishers in preparation for the launch of its pilot program in early 2020.
”When we launched the Indiana IoT Lab in 2017, a company like PerceptIn is exactly who we had in mind to propel our city even further as a leading city for tech,” said Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness. “Fishers is a city made for entrepreneurs, and today we are happy to support the future of transportation technology through this pilot program and in support of our newest Fishers company, PerceptIn.”
PerceptIn is working with the city of Fishers, Energy Systems Network (ESN), which is the energy and transportation technology initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), as well as local leaders and stakeholders to develop and deploy an automated vehicle pilot in the city in 2020.
“We're extremely excited to relocate our headquarters to Indiana," said Shaoshan Liu, chief executive officer of PerceptIn. "Indiana’s commitment to growing and enhancing its technology sector, along with its business-friendly environment and collaborative industry partnerships, is why we chose to locate here. Additionally, we look forward to deploying our autonomous microtransit services in Fishers, and increasing our presence throughout the state, setting an example for the rest of the nation on utilizing advanced technologies to improve public transportation systems.”
PerceptIn will establish its headquarters at the Indiana IoT Lab – Fishers at 9059 Technology Lane. To meet growing demand for its autonomous low-speed electric vehicles (LSEVs) and increase its client base in North America, PerceptIn will partner with Indiana-based LHP to develop the vehicles which are designed to complete low-speed, short driverless trips in vehicles able to hold up to eight passengers.
PerceptIn’s microtransit solution can help advance what a recent ESN report – Emerging Mobility Technologies and Trends – says will be a new “Mobility-as-a-System” landscape, whereby different modes, providers, and usage models are synthesized to improve travel.
“PerceptIn’s autonomous transit service has the potential to enhance transportation today while furthering a Mobility-as-a-System future,” said Paul Mitchell, President and CEO of ESN. “ESN is honored to have helped facilitate PerceptIn’s move to Fishers. We look forward to working with both parties to demonstrate and advance this innovative solution while growing the company and sector in the state.”
Perceptin’s six-to-eight seat vehicles are monitored by technology ambassadors during typical pilot projects to ensure safety measures are met. The LSEVs feature three layers of sensor protection and state of the art technology pioneered by PerceptIn to ensure safe autonomous driving. The vehicles do not exceed 20 MPH while in use.
Founded in 2016 by Shaoshan Liu, who has more than 150 U.S. and international patents on robotics and autonomous driving, PerceptIn combines patented vision-based sensor fusion with a modular computing system to produce safe, reliable and affordable LSEVs. By deploying autonomous LSEVs as a micromobility service, PerceptIn aims to reduce transportation budgets for governments across the U.S. while also improving user experiences.
To support its move to Indiana, PerceptIn utilized the state’s Headquarters Relocation tax credit program, which better incentivizes the relocation of small, high-growth companies to the state.