Waymo will be moving cargo for a major client of transportation logistics company J.B. Hunt Transport Services underneath what the two companies are calling a”test run” which will take place in among the nation’s busiest trade corridors.
Waymo Via, the organization’s trucking and cargo transportation support, will transport products along Interstate 45 between Houston and Fort Worth, Texas. The trucks will be powered with the Waymo Driver autonomous system, though a Waymo”autonomous specialists,” a commercially-licensed truck driver and a software technician will probably be riding in every truck to monitor the operations.
This isn’t the first time J.B. Hunt and Waymo, an Alphabet subsidiary, have worked together. It appears the companies are preparing for a trial deployment of trucks for a while.
“We’ve also worked closely with J.B. Hunt for some time now on operational and market studies and will continue to do so as we roll out autonomous driving technology,” Waymo said in a blog post. “We’ve explored topics such as best practices for regular maintenance, what future facility layouts will look like, and which lanes are best suited for autonomous driving technology, to help ensure long-term preparedness on both sides.”