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Aurora, Uber Freight to Autonomously Haul Holiday Goods in Texas

Aurora Uber Freight autonomous trucks

December 2, 2022

Uber Freight, a logistics platform and partner for shippers and carriers, and Aurora Innovation, which develops autonomous vehicles, have announced the expansion of their autonomous pilot with a new commercial lane between Fort Worth and El Paso, Texas. The 600-mile lane launched in October and is supporting Uber Freight customers as they prepare for the 2022 holiday season. To help Uber Freight customers meet demand, Aurora’s autonomous trucking service, Aurora Horizon, is making weekly hauls of consumer and wholesale goods across the state with its latest generation of trucks, based on PACCAR’s Peterbilt 579M.

“The holidays are a challenging time for the logistics industry. We’re crafting Aurora Horizon to help carriers of all sizes alleviate some of the supply chain pressures that typically accompany them,” said Sterling Anderson, chief product officer and co-founder of Aurora. “Deploying our technology with the Uber Freight team over this 600-mile trip at the peak of the season is an outgrowth of our mutual commitment to ensure that Aurora Horizon can enable carriers of all sizes to safely and efficiently haul freight 24/7/365 on the Uber Freight network.”

Veritiv Corporation, a distributor of customized packaging solutions across North America, is an Uber Freight customer that has benefited from early access to the route. Veritiv said it has used Aurora Horizon to autonomously transport goods on time to retail, education, and healthcare customers. The packages, which are hauled more than 600 miles between Aurora’s terminals in Fort Worth and El Paso, complete their journey via human drivers who handle the first and final leg of customer deliveries across western Texas and New Mexico.

“Veritiv’s next-generation supply chain strategy is to create and sustain a competitive advantage in operations with innovative and efficient technologies,” said Mike Walkenhorst, senior vice president of global operations and developing businesses at Veritiv. “This autonomous vehicle pilot aligns with our strategy to assess new technologies to determine the best fit for our business and our customers. We are proud to be at the forefront of testing this technology.”

More details of Aurora Horizon can be found here.


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