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AGCO to use Apex.OS software for Fendt Xaver self-driving agricultural vehicle

Apex.AI has announced that AGCO is adding capabilities to its Fendt Xaver concept vehicle. AGCO will incorporate the Apex.OS software development kit, or SDK, into its autonomous farming robot.

“We are leveraging our success in the automotive and autonomous driving industry and applying it to areas that have similar functional safety needs, such as agricultural, industrial, mining and construction,” stated Jan Becker, co-founder and CEO of Apex.AI. “Apex.OS allows the software architecture to be modular, scalable, and safe, enabling customers to transition their R&D projects to commercial-ready products in record time.”

Palo Alto, California-based Apex.AI said it is developing certified and scalable software for mobility systems. The company's flagship product is Apex.OS, a meta-operating system that it claimed enables faster software development for autonomous vehicles.

Interest in autonomous vehicles is increasing in agriculture, but developing a safe system is a complex and time-consuming task. Apex.AI said it is helping customers reduce the complexity of software-defined machines with Apex.OS, which achieved the highest level of automotive software safety under ISO 26262 ASIL-D last year.

By bridging the gap between research and development and production-quality systems, the company said users of Apex.OS can overcome real-time and reliability software challenges at a record pace. Apex.OS is based on the open-source Robot Operating System.

Fendt Xaver can plant seeds on farms 24 hours a day with centimeter precision, thanks to the Apex.OS software, the companies said.


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