Waymo’s self-driving trucking unit is partnering with Uber Freight to deploy a number of autonomous trucks.
The partnership will see Waymo customers use Uber Freight to more efficiently plan their man-powered and automated tracking fleets. Currently, Uber Freight’s software acts as a middleman and connects truck drivers with shippers. This will reduce shipping costs, Reuters Comments.
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Waymo Via is not the only company that Uber Freight is working with. Following the ride-hailing giant’s decision to sell its self-driving unit to Aurora in 2020, it has partnered with Aurora through Uber Freight.
Alphabet’s self-driving division seeks to sell self-driving tracking services to large retailers and logistics companies. Under the plan, customers will purchase and own self-driving trucks and pay the company a per-mile usage fee.
This is not the only significant partnership that Wemor’s self-driving tracking division has. The company has been working with UPS for more than two years, and in November last year, began a series of autonomous trials with its Class 8 trucks equipped with the fifth-generation Waymo driver system. These trucks handle deliveries for UPS’s North American air freight unit between facilities in Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston.
Waymo is working with Daimler on a fully autonomous, Level 4 system for trucks, and is testing a fleet of Peterbilt trucks in Arizona, California and Texas. Currently the cabins of autonomous trucks tested by Waymo always have a commercially licensed driver and a Waymo software engineer.