PACCAR Announces Industry’s First Driverless Vehicle Pilot
PACCAR announced a commercial autonomous truck pilot project, the first collaboration of its kind between a truck manufacturer, an autonomous technology developer and a logistics provider.
The truck maker has partnered with Aurora, a leading company in autonomous driving technology, and FedEx, one of the world’s largest transportation and logistics companies on an online transportation project starting today in Texas.
Kenworth and Peterbilt commercial vehicles configured with the Aurora Autonomous Pilot will carry FedEx loads between Dallas and Houston, a round trip of approximately 800 km, along the I-45 corridor.
The trucks will operate autonomously, with an emergency driver for added safety.
“PACCAR is delighted to partner with industry leaders FedEx and Aurora on this innovative project,” said John Rich, PACCAR CTO.
This follows an announcement made in January earlier this year in which PACCAR announced a strategic alliance with Aurora to develop, test and market autonomous Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks.
The strategic alliance will integrate what PACCAR claims to be its state-of-the-art autonomous vehicle platform with Aurora Driver to improve the safety and operational efficiency of PACCAR customers.
“This new commercial pilot collaboration demonstrates the excellent progress PACCAR and Aurora are making in our strategic alliance,” said Rich.
The two companies, according to Sterling Anderson, Aurora’s product manager, are leaders in their respective fields and, as such, have critical and unique perspectives on how to develop and deploy autonomous and safe truck solutions for the road freight industry.
“This collaboration enables the creation of a cohesive and integrated product and service,” said Anderson. “We believe there is no other credible way to deliver this complex and valuable technology on a large scale.”
In the joint statement, FedEx Corporation vice president Rebecca Yeung said FedEx is always anticipating what will soon be ready for the future as an innovation-based company.
“This is an exciting and industry-first collaboration that will aim to improve the logistics industry through safer and more efficient freight transportation and we are delighted to collaborate with other leaders in the industry. industry – Aurora and PACCAR – in this business, ”she said.