LOWELL, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. introduced a long-term, strategic alliance with Waymo Via that can advance efforts to integrate industrial autonomous driving technology in transportation and logistics, with final plans to full absolutely autonomous transport in Texas within the subsequent few years.
The expanded collaboration will embody a number of pilots to additional analyze the operational capability of Waymo Via, the corporate’s autonomous Class 8 trucking unit powered by the Waymo Driver, to handle buyer wants in reasonable situations.
According to a press launch, Waymo and J.B. Hunt accomplished their first trial runs final yr, shifting freight alongside I-45 in Texas for one among J.B. Hunt’s main prospects. The upcoming pilots will happen in the identical lane.
Our pilot final yr with Waymo Via actually helped us get a hands-on understanding of how autonomous driving technology might be applied inside our operations. This strategic alliance will proceed that momentum and additional discover the intricate particulars that may make this a value-driven resolution for purchasers. We consider autonomous driving technology will assist us create essentially the most environment friendly transportation community in North America, and our collaboration with Waymo Via is a pivotal step in the direction of fulfilling that mission.
Craig Harper, chief sustainability officer and govt vp at J.B. Hunt
Beyond the freeway, the 2 will discover options that merge two of essentially the most modern forces within the transportation business — autonomous driving technology and the digital market.
“Our collaboration with J.B. Hunt in 2021 was extremely fruitful,” mentioned Charlie Jatt, head of commercialization for trucking at Waymo. “Establishing this strategic alliance marks an thrilling second for our relationship, and extra importantly, paves the best way for us each to assist develop the foundations for profitable deployment and to capitalize on the advantages of autonomous driving technology. We’re extremely grateful for our relationship with J.B. Hunt and their shared imaginative and prescient for the protection and effectivity advantages we will deliver to the business at a crucial time.”
Additionally, the collaboration will embody operational and market research to refine the industrial readiness of the driving technology.