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Kodiak Robotics expands autonomous freight service to Florida with USPS partner

Kodiak Robotics, a self-driving trucking company, has expanded its autonomous freight service to Florida with 10 Roads Express, a provider of time sensitive surface transportation for the US Postal Service.

To launch this partnership, Kodiak completed a round trip consisting of four commercial deliveries, including a coast-to-coast commercial run.

A Kodiak autonomous truck carried 10 Roads Express freight nearly 5,600 miles from San Antonio, Texas; to the San Francisco Bay Area; to Jacksonville, Florida; and back to San Antonio. The route was completed in just 114 hours.

Using its unique lightweight mapping solution, Kodiak mapped more than 5,400 new miles in a single mapping run to bring the new route online.

Don Burnette, founder and CEO, Kodiak, says: “We are focused on servicing routes that fit the real-world needs of our customers.

“10 Roads Express’s network of long length-of-haul routes makes it an ideal partner for Kodiak. Our unique lightweight mapping system allowed us to expand into Florida in a fraction of the time it would take to build traditional autonomous vehicle maps, enabling us to service some of the nation’s busiest coast-to-coast freight lanes.

“This expansion further demonstrates the scalability and flexibility of our autonomous solution, the Kodiak Driver.”

As part of the partnership, 10 Roads will join Kodiak’s Partnership Deployment Program to evaluate the potential of integrating Kodiak’s autonomous solution into its fleet in the coming years.

Wayne Hoovestol, CEO, 10 Roads Express, says: “10 Roads Express carries some of the most high-priority freight in the trucking business.

“We are committed to exploring all opportunities to create better jobs for our drivers while providing exceptional service to our customers. This partnership is an opportunity to stay abreast of this technology’s progress and evaluate its benefits.

“By partnering with Kodiak now, 10 Roads can build the operational expertise we need to efficiently integrate autonomous trucks into our fleet in the coming years.”

The establishment of autonomous service along the I-10 corridor to Jacksonville comes as Kodiak has significantly expanded its service footprint in 2022.

Leveraging its built-for-scale solution, Kodiak has rapidly added new lanes, including the recently announced launch of commercial operations between Dallas and Oklahoma City with CEVA Logistics, and the launch of freight operations between Dallas and Atlanta with US Xpress.

Kodiak has been delivering freight daily between Dallas to Houston since mid 2019, and between Dallas and San Antonio since mid-2021.

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