As a strategic investor, Pilot Flying J convey quite a lot 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 purpose of automating the “center mile.”
Center mile automation means hauling hundreds 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 usually need to spend lengthy intervals of time away from their households whereas hauling freight over that center mile, from coast to coast. Drivers ceaselessly sleeping behind their truck cabs, whereas their households are again dwelling, in one other state.
An autonomous center mile would improve total freight site visitors, which means much more native jobs for people driving the primary and final mile. As a substitute of getting to haul freight coast-to-coast, spending days or even weeks on the street, drivers might haul hundreds within the dwelling space and spend each evening with their households.
To convey this imaginative and prescient to fruition, Kodiak and Pilot Flying J will work collectively to effectively hand off hundreds between Kodiak’s autonomous vans and human-driven vans masking the primary and final mile.
That’s what makes this partnership, and what it might flip into, so thrilling.