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August 12, 2019 11:15 AM, EDT

Loadsmart, Starsky Robotics Dispatch Autonomous Truck Automatically

Starsky truck In June, Starsky Robotics performed the first fully unmanned test on a public highway with real traffic. (Starsky Robotics/YouTube)

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Loadsmart and Starsky Robotics said the companies have automatically dispatched an autonomous truck to haul freight.

The truck was successfully priced, tendered and booked via Loadsmart. It then picked up and delivered the shipment in Texas in late July using Starsky Robotics’ self-driving technology, the companies said.

Starsky Robotics, based in San Francisco, is an autonomous truck startup. It began moving freight on the highway in early 2017. One year later, it became the first company to take the safety driver out of a truck when it drove fully unmanned for 7 miles on a closed road in Florida. In June, Starsky did the first fully unmanned test on a public highway with live traffic.

Loadsmart, based in New York City, is a digital freight broker that specializes in full truckload shipping.

Company officials said the integration of Loadsmart’s artificial intelligence and load-matching technology with Starsky Robotics’ application programming interface meant no human intervention was required. The initiative is part of a larger partnership to establish autonomous brokerages dispatching freight to autonomous trucks without human involvement, the companies said in an Aug. 9 press release. Transport Topics