March 9, 2022
Third-party Logistics provider CEVA Logistics has announced it teamed up with self-driving trucking firm Kodiak Robotics to deliver freight autonomously between Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin, Texas, as well as between Dallas-Fort Worth and Oklahoma City. Through the partnership, the companies said they are the first-ever companies to deliver freight autonomously in the state of Oklahoma.
CEVA delivered its first load with Kodiak in November 2021 and is moving goods weekly on the 200-mile freight lane between Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin. The two companies expanded their partnership in February 2022 with a new route between Dallas-Fort Worth and Oklahoma City, on the freight-rich Interstate 35 corridor. THe route runs 200 miles between a CEVA facility in Dallas and the delivery point in Oklahoma City. On both routes, a Kodiak autonomous tractor pulls a CEVA trailer filled with consumer products.
In addition to these lanes, Kodiak said it has been delivering freight daily between Dallas-Fort Worth and Huoston since mid-2019, as well as between Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio.
“CEVA is committed to working alongside leading automation and robotics suppliers – like Kodiak with its proven autonomy technologies – to unlock value for our customers’ supply chain operations,” says Shawn Stewart, president and managing director, North America, at CEVA Logistics. “At CEVA, we define innovation as the implementation of new ideas with business impact, and our partnership with Kodiak will deliver more business value to our customers, especially in light of the current supply chain crisis and the ongoing driver shortage.”
Kodiak is developing the Kodiak Driver, self-driving technology to make trucking safer and more efficient. The system, purpose-built for long-haul trucks, incorporates Luminar’s Iris lidar, ZF Full Range Radar, Hesai 360-degree scanning lidar, as well as a range of cameras that capture and process hundreds of megabytes of perception data each second. The sensors allow the truck to “see” long-range and all around the vehicle in several weather conditions, to enable safe operation at highway speeds.
For more details on Kodiak Robotics and its technology, visit its website here.