Trucking is an important part of the economy, representing over 70 percent of freight relocated the U.S. Yet, it is dogged by chauffeur scarcities, security concerns and supply chain obstacles. Pittsburgh-based Aurora Innovation is wanting to fix these issues and more by bringing self-driving innovation to trucks.
“Today, if you want to take strawberries from California to Dallas, it takes about three days. With the Aurora Driver, you’ll be able to do that in about 24 hours,” states Aurora co-founder and CEO Chris Urmson.
While other self-governing trucking business such as Starsky Robotics, Embark and TuSimple have actually folded or downsized efforts in the U.S., Aurora is continuing and is now providing loads for clients such as Uber Freight, FedEx, Schneider and Werner in Texas. The business is training its system with security motorists on paths in between Dallas and Houston, and Dallas and El Paso. It is wanting to introduce without anybody in the taxi by the end of 2024.
CNBC got a special behind-the-scenes take a look at its self-driving operation beyond Dallas. Watch the video to see what a driverless future for trucks might appear like.