Self-driving truck startup Kodiak Robotics begins first freight deliveries

Kodiak Robotics, Inc., is 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.

Kodiak achieved this milestone in 16 months after the company was formed. Kodiak announced that it would support its growing testing and freight operations from a new facility in North Texas. Kodiak operates as a correct 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 robust and 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 has a clear vision for it.

“As a region adding over 1 million new residents every ten years, it is critical to building a comprehensive strategy for the safe and reliable transportation of people and goods. Our policy officials in the Regional Transportation Council are very forward-thinking in terms of recognizing technology as part of the answer,” said Thomas Bamonte, Senior Program Manager, Automated Vehicles, for the North Central Texas Council of Governments.