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Robot Trucks Seek Inroads Into Freight Business


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An Ike Robotics technician adjusts a sensor on the cab of a Ryder truck.

Startups are developing prototype autonomous trucks to haul freight, while suppliers of driverless trucking technology are attempting to inject it to current trucking operations.

Credit: Ike Robotics

As self-driving trucks drive closer to widespread adoption, startups are developing prototype autonomous trucks to haul freight while reducing transportation costs and expediting deliveries, even as suppliers of driverless trucking technology are attempting to provide it to current trucking operations.

Some organizations are working to automate full truck trips from start to finish, while others are focusing allowing automation to handle highway driving, then handing the wheel to human drivers to navigate surface streets, which experts say could provide a faster path to automation.

Said Alden Woodrow of startup Ike Robotics, “It will be several years before automated trucks without drivers are operating commercially, and longer to reach any meaningful scale.”

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