(Reuters) – U.S. truck fleet operator J.B. Hunt Transport Services and Alphabet Inc’s self-driving unit Waymo are increasing their alliance to deploy absolutely autonomous trucking operations in Texas within the subsequent few years, the businesses mentioned on Friday.
In June final 12 months, the businesses started testing self-driving vans supervised by a driver and a technician to ship cargo between Houston and Fort Worth in Texas.
The firms mentioned their prolonged collaboration will embrace analyzing the operational capability of Waymo Via, which covers trucking to last-mile deliveries, to tackle buyer wants.
J.B. Hunt additionally mentioned it will discover a technological integration with Waymo, through which Waymo Via can be made accessible on its digital market J.B. Hunt 360.
Although Waymo and different firms have been creating autonomous driver expertise for over a decade, large-scale business operations of such providers for transferring freight or on a regular basis commute haven’t come to fruition but.
U.S. trucking and supply corporations are already combating driver shortages, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, troublesome working situations and an getting old workforce.
(Reporting by Akash Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Ramakrishnan M.)
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