FedEx expands self driving HGV pilot

FedEx Corp has expanded its pilot programme using self-driving HGVs to move goods between hubs in Texas.

The Aurora self-driving technology is set up on Peterbilt 579 HGVs.

As of March this year, the HGVs have been doing a 520 mile run between Aurora’s terminals in Fort Worth and El Paso.

The vehicles have a safety driver on board and the trips are done once a week, but this is set to increase. At the same time, FedEx is continuing to move goods between its South Dallas terminal and its new Houston terminal.

FedEx has chosen to expand the pilot has it has proven to be reliable and efficient.

The two companies have said that the deliveries between Dallas and Houston have been 100% on time. To date the trucks have done close to 60,000 miles with no safety incidents.

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“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,” FedEx Corp corporate vice president of operations science and advanced technology Rebecca Yeung.

“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.”

Aurora co-founder and chief product officer Sterling Anderson added: “Some time ago, I was asked why the general public should care about autonomous trucking.”

“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 country’s biggest and most important transportation companies.”

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