Aurora Innovation, a startup developing driverless trucks, is partnering with US Xpress, one of America’s largest asset-based truckload carriers.
The two companies say the collaboration will explore the implementation of the Aurora Driver auonomous truck platform within US Xpress operations.
This strategic collaboration is designed to fine-tune Aurora’s autonomous Driver-as-a-Service product, Aurora Horizon, for efficient installation at commercial scale.
Aurora plans to leverage the intelligence of Variant, US Xpress’s digitally enabled fleet, to identify where autonomous technology can have the greatest impact.
The companies plan to identify optimal deployment strategies of Aurora Driver-powered trucks so they’re strategically positioned to address unmet demand and improve operational efficiency and productivity.
Aurora and US Xpress also will explore application programming interface (API) integrations into Variant’s platform to enhance dispatching and dynamic routing upon the launch of Aurora Horizon.
Through this collaboration, the companies plan to build a future where goods are transported by both human drivers and autonomous trucks.
Aurora and US Xpress have committed to exploring how autonomous technology can create a positive impact on the labor market by investing in programs that provide opportunities for new jobs.
Eric Fuller, president and CEO of US Xpress, says: “The future of trucking will involve innovative technology that Aurora is developing, which is why we’re collaborating now to assure we’re first to market with autonomous trucks.
“Professional truck drivers will always have a place with our company, while autonomous trucks will supplement and help provide much-needed capacity to the supply chain.”
Sterling Anderson, Aurora’s co-founder and chief product officer, says: “Aurora carefully designs its industry collaborations to enhance the value and maximize the impact our product can deliver for our partners’ businesses.
“US Xpress not only shares our commitment to safety, efficiency, and realizing the benefits of technology for good, but has leaned into it in a big way.
“We’re excited to partner with them to deliver the benefits of this transformative technology for their business, their people, and the people they serve.”