Uber Freight, Aurora, Veritiv Partner in Texas AV Pilot

Uber Freight/Aurora
Business Wire

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Uber Freight and self-driving technology developer Aurora Innovation Inc. announced they are deepening their existing partnership in Texas by autonomously hauling freight between Dallas-Fort Worth and El Paso for packing solutions distributor Veritiv Corp. through and beyond the 2022 holiday season.

Uber Freight’s multiphase commercial autonomous trucking pilot began in December 2021, the company noted, with autonomous loads more than doubling over the past year.

“Testing autonomous delivery during this time allows us to validate our autonomous trucks during the busiest of times. If autonomous trucks can’t help out when things are stressful, they aren’t valuable,” Aurora noted in an email.

This latest expansion in Texas unlocks a longer lane for further autonomous trucking testing and insights across different operating models, which Aurora will incorporate into Aurora Horizon — its autonomous driver as a service — expected to launch in late 2024.

The autonomous assets are deployed alongside human drivers in a hybrid model, with self-driving trucks handling the longhaul, middle-mile and local carriers from the Uber Freight platform on the shorter first- and last-mile hauls, empowering them to stay closer to home, according to San Francisco-based Uber Freight.

“It’s an honor to get in the trenches with Veritiv’s commitment to next-generation supply chains and Aurora’s best-in-class innovation to better understand how autonomous freight can and will become a reality,” Lior Ron, CEO of Uber Freight, said in a release. — Transport Topics

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