First Fully Autonomous Delivery Proclaimed as “Future of Trucking”
New York, NY – Loadsmart and remote-controlled autonomous truck company, Starsky Robotics, today announced that they were able to automatically dispatch an autonomous truck to haul freight and complete the delivery without human involvement.
In a joint release, the two companies said they successfully priced, tendered and booked via Loadsmart, a digital freight broker that specializes in full truckload shipping, and then picked up and delivered the shipment using Starsky’s self-driving technology.
The integration of Loadsmart’s AI-powered pricing and load matching technology with Starsky’s API meant no human intervention was required, according to the announcement.
Leaders of each company said autonomous brokerages dispatching freight to autonomous trucks without human involvement is the “future of trucking.”
Ricardo Salgado, CEO, Loadsmart, said, “Autonomous vehicles play an integral role in our vision of delivering end-to-end automated shipping and logistics services.”
Stefan Seltz-Axmacher, CEO and founder of Starsky Robotics predicted the integration of automation in the supply chain will lead to the elimination of human involvement in the freight booking and dispatching tasks.
“It’s not uncommon for a traditional trucking company to have 5 full-time employees involved in dispatching each truck for each load,” he said.
“By integrating e-brokers like Loadsmart, we are eliminating all back office human intervention and making the shipment process seamless, while focusing on ensuring the safety of driverless trucks,” Seltz-Axmacher declared.
Further, Seltz-Axmacher said his company’s new technology will “be able to autonomously dispatch autonomous loads on a regular basis.”
Both companies contend this is actually a positive development for truck drivers.
“By partnering with Loadsmart, we’ve been able to let our driver managers spend more time making sure drivers are happy and they spend significantly less time negotiating with brokers,” said Paul Schlegel, Director of Trucking Operations at Starsky Robotics.
Another benefit of automation, leaders of the two companies say, is it will help alleviate the so-called “truck driver shortage.”
The often debated issue is among the most deeply polarizing in all of trucking.
A new report by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) recently put this fierce debate back in the spotlight and warned the “shortage” could double in the next decade.
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In June, Starsky successfully tested an unmanned run along an almost 10-mile route in Florida.
At the time of the test’s completion, Seltz-Axmacher pronounced it as a momentous milestone for the future of autonomous trucking.
“This isn’t just a massive accomplishment for Starsky, but for the broader autonomy industry,” he said.
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In a June 10 blogpost, Seltz-Axmacher said Starsky was proud to be working with some of the largest and most successful trucking companies in America.
“We’ve teamed up with some of the most recognizable companies in the industry, including Schneider Logistics,” he wrote.
He revealed that Starsky’s fleet is now hauling 100 loads per month for the mega-carrier.
Earlier this week, a California-based autonomous trucking company startup, Kodiak Robotics, announced it has begun making commercial deliveries with a safety driver behind the wheel and was expanding into Texas.
Kodiak’s CEO Don Burnette promised Kodiak will soon “revolutionize long-haul trucking” with the deployment of its autonomous trucks.
“As industry veterans, we’ve seen where self-driving technology has fallen short, and have a clear vision for how to make it work and work safely,” he said.
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(Photo courtesy of Starsky Robotics)