Aurora, an autonomous vehicle technology startup, has partnered with medium and heavy-duty truck manufacturer PACCAR and logistics provider FedEx to launch a commercial pilot of autonomous trucks in linehaul trucking operations. The partnership is reported to be the first of its kind between a truck manufacturer, an autonomous technology provider, and a logistics provider.
With this launch, PACCAR’s trucks will be configured with the “Aurora Driver” autonomous driving technology. These trucks will be used to haul FedEx loads between Dallas and Houston—a 500-mile round trip—along the Interstate 45 corridor. Trucks will operate autonomously with a backup driver for additional safety.
This collaboration comes just eight months after Aurora partnered with PACCAR in January 2021 to develop, test, and commercialize autonomous Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks to improve the safety and operational efficiency of PACCAR customers.
The partnership is in line with Aurora’s target to launch autonomous trucking technology to operate without a safety driver by 2023.