Aurora, Reuters expand driverless pilot program in Texas

Aurora, Reuters expand driverless pilot program in Texas

Aurora Innovation Inc and Reuters will expand their driverless pilot program in Texas to meet increased delivery demand during the holidays.

The program will be expanded to the 600-mile commercial lane between Fort Worth and El Paso in Texas to support customers of the logistics business Uber Freight as it ships goods this holiday season, Aurora said on Friday.

Uber Freight is a platform that connects shippers with truck drivers who need goods moved.

A year ago, the companies launched a pilot program to transport goods between Dallas and Houston.

We're designing Aurora Horizon to help carriers of all sizes deal with the supply-chain pressures that typically accompany holiday season Aurora co-founder Sterling Anderson said. Aurora Horizon is a truck-specific self-driving product.

Autonomous goods hauling is seen as a future of logistics as it can increase truck utilization and increase transportation frequency between terminals.

Humans are not allowed to drive more than 11 hours a day in the United States.

Aurora Innovation, which counts FedEx Corp and Toyota Motor Corp as partners, is looking to launch the Aurora Driver self-driving platform at the end of 2024.