Aurora Expands Autonomous Freight Pilot with FedEx in Texas

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Autonomous vehicle technology company Aurora Innovation has partnered with FedEx to expand its self-driving truck pilot to include a new lane from Fort Worth to El Paso, Texas.

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The launch was shipping for FedEx between Dallas and Houston since September 2021, when he made a 240-mile trip every night. The new lane challenges Aurora trucks on a much longer journey, about 600 miles, on which they will operate weekly, the company says.

Texas has become a battlefield for commercialized autonomous trucking companies against competitors. Waymo Via, Kodiak Robotics and TuSimple everyone pilots their cars on the same highways.
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Aurora has been moving cargo between its new terminals in Fort Worth and El Paso since March, the company said. According to Aurora, which noted that it has provided thousands of FedEx customers with offline packages, all shipments on the first commercial route between Dallas and Houston were delivered on time 100% of the time.

Based on the new Peterbilt 579, the Aurora trucks are capable of operating in all weather conditions and at any time of the day or night. To date, Aurora and FedEx have traveled a total of 60,000 miles without a safety incident, according to Aurora.

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“Some time ago I was asked why the public should care about autonomous trucking. That’s why. In our six months of working with FedEx, we have safely, reliably and efficiently delivered packages to tens of thousands of FedEx customers,” said Sterling Anderson, co-founder and chief product officer of Aurora. “This lane expansion has come ahead of schedule and we are excited to continue building the future of trucking with one of the nation’s largest and most important transport companies.”


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