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Aurora, FedEx Expand Autonomous Trucking Pilot in Texas

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May 18, 2022

Aurora Innovation and FedEx Corp. have announced the expansion of its pilot program to autonomously move FedEx shipments on an additional commercial lane in Texas.

In March 2022, the next-generation autonomous trucks, based on the new Peterbilt 579, began transporting FedEx shipments between Aurora’s new terminals in Fort Worth and El Paso. Aurora said it is making the 600-mile trip on a weekly basis with safety drivers on board, and expects to increase the frequency of trips in the coming months. Aurora continues to move shipments for FedEx between Aurora’s South Dallas terminal and a new Houston terminal on a daily basis.

The companies provided the following snapshot of progress and momentum from the pilot program:

  • Since it began in September 2021, Aurora deliveries of FedEx shipments between Dallas and Houston have been 100% on time.
  • With each trip, the Aurora Driver has provided thousands of FedEx customers with packages that were autonomously transported.
  • Aurora moves trailers for FedEx during different weather conditions and all hours of the day and night, optimizing fleet utilization.
  • The company completed daily hauls during the 2021 peak holiday season, the busiest time of year for FedEx.
  • To date, the two companies have completed 60,000 miles of driving with zero safety incidents.

“Innovation is in our DNA – our culture drives us to think radically and differently, finding new ways to use technology to enhance safety, improve our operations, empower our team members and help our customers succeed,” said Rebecca Yeung, corporate vice president of operations science and advanced technology at FedEx. “Aurora has been a like-minded collaborator, helping us learn from and grow our autonomous trucking solutions. We look forward to our continued work together as we test further integration of autonomous technology into our operations to build a collaborative, robust network of solutions to respond to growing customer demand.”

“Some time ago, I was asked why the general public should care about autonomous trucking,” said Sterling Anderson, co-founder and chief product officer at Aurora. “This is why. In six months of working with FedEx, we’ve safely, reliably, and efficiently transported packages for tens of thousands of FedEx customers. This lane expansion came ahead of schedule and we’re delighted to continue building the future of trucking with one of the biggest and most important transportation companies.”

For more details on Aurora and its self-driving platform, visit its website here.


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