The Alphabet-owned firm - Waymo publicized plans to develop a hub in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, for its self-driving semi-trailer trucks. It also added about its alliance with the rental truck organization - Ryder on fleet management as it wants to develop logistics & delivery of its business.
Main Autonomous Operation Center
The South Dallas hub will be the firm's official operations center for its autonomous truck fleets. The hub will be created to house several personnel & trucks as the Waymo gets closer to releasing a full-scale cargo-hauling work leveraging its independent cars, though the company has yet to state when that will be.
The firm is currently running the 5th generation of its 'driver,' a term describing the combination of AI software, hardware & sensors on its Class 8 trucks.
Plans on Expanding Robotic Trucks
The firm has been planning to expand its robotic trucks, forming an alliance with J.B Hunt, UPS, Stellantis & Daimler Trucks focused on strengthening its Via logistics deal to stay ahead of competitors like Aurora TuSimple & Embark. While Waymo continues to refine one robotaxi program in the San Francisco Bay region & suburban Phoenix, robotic trucks are considered as having substantial revenue-generating ability in the future.
The US trucking associations evaluate the industry requires approximately 60K extra drivers, creating a chance for Waymo & its competitors, assuming they can manage their autonomous big machines in the future.
A fleet of Peterbilt Trucks
While much of the audience's focus has been on autonomous minivans in Arizona that operate as a part of ride-hailing service; hence less attention has been given to the plans of launching a freight-hauling deal. The firm has quick-moving Peterbilt trucks that have been modernized with innovative driving sensors & software. It works autonomously during commercial deliveries & tests.
Partnership with Ryder
One of the state's massive rental truck companies, Ryder, has partnered with Waymo to assist the company with fleet management services such as roadside assistance, fleet maintenance, & inspections. However, both firms see chances for the future. Since 2017, Waymo has been behind the operation of autonomous trucks & plans to launch a full-scale service called Waymo Via. A recent article explained several of the firm's obstacles to growing into a viable business beyond the probing phase.
Image source: Screenshot from Waymo