Trucking Company Delivers 14 Loads During 3,400-Mile Autonomous Platooning Pilot
Springfield, MO – Wilson Logistics announced this week it has completed its first trial with autonomous technology startup Locomation.
In its first test deploying Locomation’s Autonomous Relay Convoy (ARC) technology, Wilson Logistics says it completed an eight-day platooning pilot along a 420-mile route on Interstate 84 between Portland, OR and Nampa, ID.
The trucks, owned by Locomation, were equipped with ARC technology and operated by Locomation drivers while pulling Wilson’s trailers.
Locomation bills itself as the world’s first trucking technology platform to offer human-guided autonomous convoying.
According to Locomation, ARC allows one driver to pilot a lead truck equipped with technology augmentation while a follower truck operates in tandem through Locomation’s fully autonomous system.
Locomation’s says it’s ARC technology allows the follower driver to “log off and rest” during this time.
A driver and a safety engineer were on-board each truck for the entirety of the recent pilot which covered about 3,400 miles and completed 14 deliveries.
The safety engineers measured dozens of key performance indicators in order to collect data that Locomation hopes will help it refine its technology.
Further, Locomation indicated driverless functions were engaged for roughly half of the time the trucks were in operation.
The drivers disengaged the ARC system while parking and operating through construction zones.
Founder and CEO of Wilson Logistics, Darrel Wilson, indicated he was pleased with the completion of the platooning pilot.
According to a social media post, Wilson said, “For our team, it’s the perfect combination of safety improvements, increased asset utilization, reduced cost per mile – and most importantly, a better driver experience.”
In March of this year, the two companies agreed to a three-year partnership with the goal of deploying more than 1,000 two-truck convoys operating on more than 68 routes nationwide.
The companies hope to soon ramp up deployment by operating 62 two-truck convoys on 11 routes throughout the U.S.
Locomation is promising to reduce Wilson’s operating cost per mile by 33% along with delivering an 8% reduction in fuel expenses.