Sterling Anderson of Aurora and Rebecca Jung of FedEx discuss the future of autonomous trucking at TC Sessions: Mobility 2022

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When the CEO of FedEx, the world’s leading logistics company, promises to “huge effort to build autonomous trucks“This summer, wisdom—conventional or otherwise—is saying, listen, things are about to get interesting.

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Last year, FedEx teamed up with Aurora Innovation, an AV start-up bought an Uber self-driving car in 2020 – and started a pilot program use of unmanned trucks to transport goods between Dallas and Houston (with a security driver on board). This partnership brings Aurora closer to its ambitious goal of launching autonomous trucking without safety drivers by the end of 2023.

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FedEx’s summer teaser and Aurora’s progress towards its goal are just two of the reasons we’re thrilled to have Sterling Anderson, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at Aurora, and Rebecca Yeung, Corporate Vice President of Operations Science and Advanced Technology at FedEx , join us on stage at TC Sessions: Mobility 2022 May 18 and 19 in San Mateo, California.

FedEx has been working on its own small-scale AV technology for several years. One project, a sidewalk delivery bot called Roxo, was done in partnership with DEKA Development & Research Corp. and its founder Dean Kamen, who invented the Segway wheelchair and the iBot. Roxo debuted in 2019.

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For larger offline projects, FedEx seems to be focusing on partnerships – with Aurora for long-haul trucking, Nuro to deploy its autonomous last mile delivery bots on a large scale and with China’s Neolix, where FedEx is testing AV delivery on the road.

Meanwhile, Aurora went from a noisy startup to a public company via SPAC in four years (the deal closed in March 2021). The company was founded in 2017 by Anderson, Drew Bagnell and Chris Urmson, all of whom have experience in automated vehicle technology.

In this conversation with Anderson and Yeng, we will check the status of the Dallas-Houston pilot project and ask if further collaboration is possible. We will try to understand how long it will take for self-driving trucks for long haul to become a reality, what problems remain to be solved and whether public trust is one of these problems.

Of courseWe don’t know if Jung will reveal FedEx’s big summer plan for autonomous trucking, but you can bet we’ll ask about it.

Don’t miss this in-depth talk on the current and future state of autonomous trucking with Aurora’s Sterling Anderson and FedEx’s Rebecca Jung.TC Sessions: Mobility 2022 cuts through the hype and goes beyond the headlines to learn how the confluence of technology and transportation will impact a wide range of industries, cities and the people who work and live in them. Register today before prices increase on May 15th!



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