Mega Carrier Says ‘Fully Autonomous’ Runs Are Coming Soon
Lowell, AR — A mega carrier is planning “fully autonomous” transport runs soon thanks to its ongoing partnership with a leading driverless technology maker.
J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. announced it is expanding its partnership and collaboration with Waymo Via, which the carrier says will lead to autonomous runs in Texas in the “next few years.”
The two companies completed their first trial runs last year moving freight along Interstate 45 for one of J.B. Hunt’s largest customers, which was not identified.
“Our pilot last year with Waymo Via really helped us get a hands-on understanding of how autonomous driving technology could be implemented within our operations,” said Craig Harper, chief sustainability officer and executive vice president at J.B. Hunt. “This strategic alliance will continue that momentum and further explore the intricate details that would make this a value-driven solution for customers.”
According to the Lowell, AR-based fleet, the expanded collaboration will include “multiple pilots” in order to further analyze the operational capacity of Waymo Via’s autonomous Class 8 trucking unit powered by the Waymo Driver.
Additionally, the partnership will also include exploring solutions to merge Waymo Via’s autonomous driving technology with J.B. Hunt 360° — the mega carrier’s digital freight platform.
“We believe autonomous driving technology will help us create the most efficient transportation network in North America, and our collaboration with Waymo Via is a pivotal step towards fulfilling that mission,” Harper commented.
Transportation giant, UPS just concluded a trial with Waymo Via’s self-driving trucks during the holiday season.
UPS’s deployed Waymo’s Class 8 trucks equipped with the Waymo Driver between facilities in Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston.