Volvo Autonomous Solutions, Uber Freight Announce Partnership

Volvo Autonomous Options, Uber Freight Announce Partnership

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Volvo Autonomous Options and freight dealer Uber Freight introduced a long-term strategic partnership to deploy Volvo’s autonomous transport community inside Uber Freight’s market.

The partnership goals to supply Uber Freight’s shippers with entry to autonomous freight capability on chosen routes in Texas and past because it continues to increase its community, VAS famous in a launch. VAS provides transportation-as-a-service choices in mining, port and logistics facilities and on-highway hub-to-hub segments, in keeping with its web site.

This partnership with Volvo is Uber Freight’s first with a business autonomous fleet, and differs from its earlier partnerships with Aurora and Waymo, in keeping with Uber Freight.

“Aurora and Waymo are autonomous car expertise builders, who within the near-term, are working pilots on our platform,” an organization spokesperson informed Transport Matters. “VAS is a near-term and long-term autonomous capability supplier. In essence, Aurora and Waymo might be pure expertise, driver-as-a-service within the long-term, whereas VAS might be transportation-as-a-service within the long-term. Uber Freight hopes to proceed to increase the number of autonomous fleets on our platform with whom shippers can immediately select to e-book transportation throughout the subsequent few years.”

VAS can also be working with self-driving expertise developer Aurora to scale its Aurora Driver expertise on Volvo’s on-highway truck providing. In September 2021, the 2 corporations debuted the primary autonomous VNL prototype, Volvo’s flagship longhaul truck.

“The shippers we work with are progressive and infrequently early adopters of rising expertise. Our skill to increase entry to VAS autonomous transport options unlocks better entry to dependable capability, bettering the effectivity and sustainability of their provide chains,” Uber Freight CEO Lior Ron mentioned in a launch.

VAS and Uber Freight each, and lots of others as nicely, envision a future the place autonomous and manually pushed vehicles will work collectively to maneuver items extra safely and effectively beneath a hub-to-hub mannequin. Underneath this mannequin, autonomous vehicles will tackle the longhaul portion of the supply whereas human drivers full drayage operations.

“By integrating our autonomous transport resolution with Uber Freight’s expansive community, we’re providing shippers the likelihood to maneuver items extra effectively whereas addressing a few of the greatest challenges of the business — transit occasions, empty miles and a scarcity of drivers,” mentioned Nils Jaeger, president of Volvo Autonomous Options.

The Uber Freight partnership is part of VAS’s key buyer program for shippers, carriers, logistics service suppliers and freight brokers. As part of this system, VAS reported it’s forming strategic partnerships with key clients to pilot and finally commercialize autonomous transport options.

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