Aurora, Volvo are newest companions on self-driving heavy vehicles, Auto Information, Automobilnews
By Paul Lienert and Hyunjoo JinGlobal heavy truck producers are lining up expertise companions to assist construct out self-driving programs for long-haul freight that might see widespread industrial service nicely earlier than self-driving robotaxis.
The most recent alliance was introduced Tuesday between Sweden’s Volvo Group and California-based Aurora Innovation, constructing on a working relationship that dates again a number of years, the companions stated.
Analysts anticipate extra such partnerships, as comparatively younger expertise companies akin to Aurora join their autonomous automobile programs data with the deep manufacturing expertise of legacy firms akin to Volvo Vans.”You possibly can’t go at it alone in autonomy,” stated Grayson Brulte, president of consultancy Brulte & Firm. “The trucking business is a totally totally different character” than the passenger automobile enterprise, with totally different necessities.
A lot of the bigger truck producers have turned to self-driving tech companions, pushed partially by a power scarcity of drivers and a growth in e-commerce, fueled by the worldwide pandemic.
In January, Aurora introduced a strategic partnership with U.S. truckmaker PACCAR, whose manufacturers embrace Peterbilt and Kenworth.
Aurora’s founders embrace self-driving veterans from Tesla and Alphabet’s Waymo. Aurora final yr stated its first industrial product could be in trucking “the place the market is largest (and) the unit economics are greatest.”
In 2020, Waymo Chief Government John Krafcik informed Reuters that “items supply is an even bigger market than transferring folks” as Waymo expanded its focus to incorporate heavy vehicles.
Germany’s Daimler has fashioned a self-driving truck alliance with Waymo, whereas China’s largest heavy truck maker, FAW Jiefang, has partnered with Plus AI.
Volkswagen’s Traton truck group is an investor in TuSimple, as is U.S. truckmaker Navistar.
In a January earnings name, Tesla Chief Government Elon Musk stated the long-delayed Semi electrical truck is extremely prone to be the primary of the corporate’s autos to realize full self-driving functionality.