Kodiak Robotics, Inc., a startup developing self-driving technology to revolutionize long-haul trucking, has begun making its first commercial deliveries with a safety driver behind the wheel.
Only 16 months after the company was formed, Kodiak achieved this milestone. Kodiak announced that it will support its growing testing and freight operations from a new facility in North Texas. Kodiak operates as a true freight carrier, with self-driving trucks operating on “middle mile” highway lines.
Kodiak’s self-driving trucks are set to revolutionize the freight industry as their technology will make highways safer while reducing freight costs and the time it takes to move goods for longer routes. The expansion of Kodiak will continue Texas’ leadership in logistics and transportation.
“In just over a year, we have gone from founding Kodiak to putting our trucks on the road and carrying freight for customers. It would not be possible to make such rapid progress without our strong, experienced team, who have been working with autonomous vehicles since the early days of the industry. As industry veterans, we have seen where self-driving technology has fallen short and have a clear vision for it.
“As a region adding more than 1 million new residents each decade, it is important to develop a comprehensive strategy for the safe and reliable movement of people and goods. Our policy officials on the Regional Transportation Council have been very forward-thinking in their recognition of technology as part of the answer, which is positioning our region as a leader in the automated vehicle industry,” said Thomas Bamonte, Senior Program Manager, Automated Vehicles, for the North Central Texas Council of Governments.