As a strategic investor, Pilot Flying J deliver lots of advantages. Along with monetary backing, the corporate will be part of Kodiak’s board of administrators. We’ll additionally open an autonomous truckport close to Atlanta, Georgia, to progress towards Kodiak’s objective of automating the “center mile.”
Center mile automation means hauling masses autonomously over the lengthy distances between the “first mile” and the “final mile”. These factors, at both finish of a journey, contain complicated city driving, at which human truck drivers excel. The center mile entails extra routine long-distance freeway driving.
The Kodiak partnership with Pilot Flying J demonstrates how effectively this mannequin can serve human drivers, who’re the spine of Pilot Flying J’s buyer base. Human truck drivers typically must spend lengthy durations of time away from their households whereas hauling freight over that center mile, from coast to coast. Drivers steadily sleeping behind their truck cabs, whereas their households are again house, in one other state.
An autonomous center mile would enhance general freight visitors, which means much more native jobs for people driving the primary and final mile. As an alternative of getting to haul freight coast-to-coast, spending days or perhaps weeks on the street, drivers may haul masses within the house space and spend each night time with their households.
To deliver this imaginative and prescient to fruition, Kodiak and Pilot Flying J will work collectively to effectively hand off masses between Kodiak’s autonomous vehicles and human-driven vehicles masking the primary and final mile.
That’s what makes this partnership, and what it may flip into, so thrilling.