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Waymo Partners With JB Hunt To Test Autonomous Freight

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Waymo, an autonomous driving technology development company owned by Google's parent Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL), Thursday announced that they will be teaming up with JB Hunt Transport Services to test how far the autonomous technology can be used in freight hauling.
For the pilot operation, the companies have chosen Interstate 45 in Texas where Waymo's class 8 autonomous will carry the freight from Houston to Fort Worth. While the trucks are supposed to operate autonomously, they will not be left unsupervised. A licensed driver, two Waymo employees, and a software engineer will be onboard to oversee the process.
The Alphabet subsidiary, Waymo, has a fleet of Peterbilt trucks that were fitted with autonomous driving software and sensors that the company is presently testing in their facilities in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
The primary target for the company is to deploy a fleet of Level 4 trucks that are autonomous but these vehicles can only work under selective circumstances like within a particular route, in a particular roadway, and in particular weather. Waymo already has some of their minivans working in Arizona.
Chief sustainability officer and executive vice president of J.B. Hunt, Craig Harper said, "This will be one of the first opportunities for J.B. Hunt to receive data and feedback on customer freight moved with a Class 8 tractor operating at this level of autonomy."
Besides Hunt, Waymo is also collaborating with Daimler Trucks to modify their Class 8 Freightliner, Cascadia with fifth-gen WaymoDriver software.
Charlie Jatt, Waymo head of trucking commercialization, said in a press release, "Our teams share an innovative and safety-first mindset as well as a deep appreciation for the potential benefits of autonomous driving technology in trucking."
Waymo is also contracted to companies like Renault-Nissan, Jaguar-Land Rover, and Volvo for integrating automation technology into their cars.

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