Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq and TASE: FRSX), an innovator in automotive vision systems, announced today that its affiliate, Rail Vision Ltd., signed an agreement with Hitachi Rail STS Australia Pty Ltd. to supply equipment, services and personnel to the Australian rail company Rio Tinto Railway Network. According to the agreement, Hitachi Rail STS, the project integrator, will provide Rio Tinto with a prototype of Rail Vision’s Collision Avoidance System to undergo demonstration and feasibility testing for a proof-of-concept project. Revenue from the project is expected to total $265,000, with an option for Rail Vision to furnish additional services for $133,000. Foresight owns 19.36% of Rail Vision’s outstanding share capital.
Rio Tinto is looking to enhance its current collision detection system by adding detection capabilities to identify potential hazards, such as people and vehicles, on or near the train tracks. Successful demonstrations and testing may lead to Rail Vision outfitting Rio Tinto’s entire fleet of approximately 220 locomotives with its systems, according to commercial terms to be determined by the parties. System prices and additional terms are yet to be specified.
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The agreement will be in effect until the completion of the proof-of-concept project. However, should Hitachi Rail STS place a purchase order and issue a notice to proceed, Rail Vision will supply the required equipment and services, as per the terms agreed by both parties.
The project will consist of three phases: the first phase will include data acquisition and live demonstrations, followed by a second stage of preliminary technical work towards installation of the system on Rio Tinto’s locomotive. Finally, Rail Vision’s system will be installed at Rio Tinto’s site for an evaluation period of three months. The expected duration of the project is nine months, with the installation at the customer’s site, anticipated for the third quarter of 2021. Via a project-dedicated staff, Rail Vision will provide customization, development services and support throughout the project.
Rail Vision was informed that Rio Tinto is examining a competing system of an Australian company.
Rail Vision is a leading provider of cutting-edge cognitive vision sensor technology to increase safety in the railway industry. Rail Vision’s solutions offer detection and classification of objects or obstacles (e.g., humans, vehicles, and signals), rail path recognition (i.e., switch state detection), distance measurement and an opportunity for infrastructure condition monitoring.
Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq and TASE: FRSX) is a technology company developing smart multi-spectral vision software solutions and cellular-based applications. Through the Company’s wholly owned subsidiaries, Foresight Automotive Ltd. and Eye-Net Mobile Ltd., Foresight develops both “in-line-of-sight” vision systems and “beyond-line-of-sight” accident-prevention solutions.
Foresight’s vision solutions include modules of automatic calibration, sensor fusion and dense 3D point cloud that can be applied to diverse markets such as automotive, defense, autonomous vehicles and heavy industrial equipment. Eye-Net Mobile’s cellular-based solution suite provides real-time pre-collision alerts to enhance road safety and situational awareness for all road users in the urban mobility environment by incorporating cutting-edge AI technology and advanced analytics.
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