U.S self- driving trucking technology start-up, Plus.ai, has completed the first U.S. coast-to-coast commercial freight run with an autonomous truck.
Spanning 2,800 miles, Plus.ai’s autonomous truck completed the hub-to-hub trip from in less than three days. This is the first L4 U.S. cross-country commercial pilot hauling a fully-loaded refrigerated trailer of perishable cargo – over 40,000 pounds of butter.
A safety driver was on-board at all times to monitor and assume control if needed, and a safety engineer was present to monitor system operations.
The trial was completed on behalf of the U.S food company Land O’Lakes.
Shawn Kerrigan, COO and co-founder of Plus.ai, says: “Continued advances in our autonomous trucks will make it possible for these quick cross-country runs to be the norm in the future. We are excited to demonstrate what our technology can already achieve today while meeting rigorous autonomous driving safety and food transportation compliance standards.”
“Self-driving and other emerging transportation technologies stand to completely reshape commercial shipping, so we are thrilled to collaborate with technology leaders like Plus.ai to pilot autonomous trucks for our shipping needs,” adds Yone Dewberry, Land O’Lakes’ Chief Supply Chain Officer.
Plus.ai is headquartered in Silicon Valley with R&D offices in China, it was founded in 2016.