Waymo will be moving freight for a main customer of transportation logistics company J.B. Hunt Transport Products and services beneath what the two corporations are calling a “test urge” that can win plot in one in every of the nation’s busiest swap corridors.
Waymo By capability of, the company’s trucking and cargo transportation carrier, will transport goods alongside Interstate 45 between Houston and Fort Rate, Texas. The trucks will be powered by the Waymo Driver autonomous platform, though a Waymo “autonomous specialist,” a commercially licensed truck driver and a instrument technician will be riding in every truck to monitor the operations.
Here is no longer the first time J.B. Hunt and Waymo, an Alphabet subsidiary, have labored together. It appears the corporations had been preparing for a trial deployment of autonomous trucks for a whereas.
“We’ve also labored intently with J.B. Hunt for a whereas now on operational and market reports and will continue to finish in reveal we roll out autonomous driving technology,” Waymo acknowledged in a blog post. “We’ve explored topics comparable to excellent practices for original maintenance, what future facility layouts will look be pleased, and which lanes are excellent fitted to autonomous driving technology, to aid invent certain long-term preparedness on every aspect.”
Waymo declined to part with TechCrunch the mumble assortment of trucks that will likely be venerable for the test urge, nonetheless a spokesperson acknowledged that this will likely even be a tiny duration pilot “with the target of jointly developing a long-term thought for how our corporations can work together.”
Waymo Driver is a Stage 4 platform, meaning that it could truly likely well likely theoretically operate with out a human safety driver behind the wheel, nonetheless fully beneath certain conditions (be pleased sure weather).
The autonomous driving company has also partnered with Daimler Trucks to equip Daimler freightliners with the Waymo Driver. That’s in addition to partnerships with Volvo to manufacture electrical robotaxis, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for autonomous cargo vans.