IDV and Horiba Mira team up to develop autonomous military vehicles

Horiba Mira’s Viking platform has become a mainstay of the UK MOD's evaluation of autonomous technologies
Horiba Mira’s Viking platform has become a mainstay of the UK MOD's evaluation of autonomous technologies

Iveco Defence Vehicles (IDV) and Horiba Mira have formed a new partnership to unite their complementary capabilities in the rapidly developing Uncrewed Ground Vehicle (UGV) military vehicle market.

Italian headquartered IDV will become the majority shareholder and will contribute to move the UK developed Horiba Mira UGV platforms and technology to the next stage of development, accelerating the technology roadmap and aiming to fulfil the growing requirements of the UK’s Ministry of Defence and its allies.

The venture will merge twenty years of pioneering experience collected by Horiba Mira in the use of remote control, teleoperated and autonomous vehicle technology in the defence sector. Based on its patented capability to navigate without Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), manage advanced off-road routing and self-identify and classify terrain and objects.

When combined with IDV systems integration capability across a wide range of multi-terrain wheel or tracked platforms, the new partnership will develop new state-of-the-art UGV solutions.

With this move, IDV says it is focusing on innovation to deliver the most advanced automotive and protection solutions to meet the evolving needs of military customers worldwide. The Mira business will remain headquartered at its technology park near Nuneaton in the UK.

IDV manufactures specialist logistic, protected, and armoured vehicles in its facility in Bolzano in Northern Italy, and markets as well IVECO’s full commercial range, adapted as necessary to meet the demands of military users.

Horiba Mira is a global provider of automotive engineering, research and test services, with over 75 years of experience in developing some of the world’s most iconic vehicles, working in collaboration with vehicle manufacturers and suppliers around the world.

Over the last ten years it has invested heavily in the evolution of its engineering capability and in the development of the MIRA Technology Park, Europe’s leading mobility R&D location for developing the latest automotive technology.

The MIRA Technology Park is a national centre of excellence, located in the middle of the UK automotive sector, providing access to 40 major test facilities and the UK’s most comprehensive proving ground.

The purpose-designed campus is home to more than 40 global OEMs, Tier 1 and specialist automotive technology companies, bringing together world-class facilities and skilled engineers, to provide a location for innovation and technological development. 







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