autonomous trucking

Aurora Keeps on (Autonomously) Truckin’ with Release of Its Driver Beta 5.0 System

by | Dec 20, 2022
Aurora Innovation is already hauling freight with its self-driving trucks from Dallas-Fort Worth to Houston and El Paso, for customers including FedEx, Uber Freight, Werner, and Schneider. The release of its Aurora Driver Beta 5.0 adds detection and appropriate response to emergency vehicles like ambulances, fire engines, and law enforcement vehicles, along with other enhanced capabilities.
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The Last Word: Caterpillar’s Denise Johnson on Scaling Self-Driving Trucks to the Aggregate Industry
by | Dec 20, 2022
Last week, Irving-based Caterpillar announced a collaboration with Luck Stone—the nation’s largest family-owned and operated producer of crushed stone, sand, and gravel—to roll out Caterpillar’s autonomous trucking solution at Luck Stone’s plant in Chantilly, Virginia. This will be Caterpillar’s first self-driving truck deployment in the aggregates industry, accelerating its solutions beyond mining, the company said. It expands Caterpillar's autonomous truck fleet to include the exceptionally burly Cat 777 seen above.
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First Look: Waymo’s New Self‑Driving Trucking Hub Opens in Lancaster
by | Jul 6, 2022
Waymo's new hub—built from the ground up—is a $10 million investment in Lancaster that will bring "hundreds of jobs" to the community, a Waymo exec announced at its opening last week.

"This operation and Waymo's investment in the region further cements Dallas-Fort Worth as the home to autonomous vehicles in the U.S.," added Duane Dankesreiter, SVP for research and innovation at the Dallas Regional Chamber.
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Self-Driving Truck Startup Gatik Will Deliver Goods Autonomously to 34 DFW Sam’s Clubs
by | Jun 7, 2022
Until now, most autonomous delivery pilots have involved 18-wheelers driving on highways between cities. Gatik's new commercial partnership with Georgia-Pacific and KBX involves smaller loads: It's "the first time that Class 6 autonomous box trucks have been deployed" to disrupt the Class 8 semi-truck short-haul network, the startup said.
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Hillwood EVP: Dallas-Fort Worth Is Now a ‘Gateway Market’

by | Apr 6, 2022
Hillwood's Bill Burton leads vision and strategy at AllianceTexas, which recently surpassed $100 billion in economic development for the region.

Burton is bullish on the continued growth of the industrial space in Dallas-Fort Worth—and the autonomous tech driving the future in the supply chain. Here's why.
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Aurora Hires Former Ryder CTO, Opens New Terminals in Fort Worth and El Paso to Support Autonomous Pilot Partnership with Werner
by | Apr 6, 2022
Former Ryder CTO Kendra Phillips will lead Aurora's trucking and logistics partner programs. The newest one—a Fort Worth-El Paso hauling route for Werner Enterprises—is a key link in the commercial thoroughfare from L.A. to Atlanta. But it's a flat, monotonous run that many truck drivers find unappealing—making it a key test case for the Aurora Driver.
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Aurora Unveils Ride-Hailing Test Fleet, Gives Toyota Execs an Autonomous Ride Toward DFW Airport
by | Mar 23, 2022
Aurora capped off a six-month pilot test of its autonomous Toyota S-AM minivans in Dallas-Fort Worth by giving Toyota North America CEO Ted Ogawa and other execs a ride toward DFW Airport yesterday.

Aurora will continue to test and develop its ride-hailing and autonomous trucking tech from Dallas, including a new trucking route from Dallas to El Paso. It expects to launch its ride-hailing product, Aurora Connect, in late 2024.
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Hillwood and TuSimple Expand Collaboration with Million-SF TuSimple Facility in The MIZ at AllianceTexas
by | Jan 26, 2022
TuSimple has been running operations from its 2.5-acre logistics hub at AllianceTexas since last June. Its huge new MIZ facility will serve as an origin and destination facility for TuSimple's L4 autonomous trucks, with two-way launch and landing pads.
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Waymo Via Partners With J.B. Hunt to Run Robotically Driven Freight From Houston to Fort Worth

by | Jun 10, 2021
The test runs will use the autonomous Waymo Via Class 8 trucking unit, completing the 262-mile haul in Level 4 robotic mode—with a driver and technician in the cab to monitor things. 
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