Argo, Gatic, Aurora… Autonomous vehicle testing continues in the US

Argo AI, a nugget backed by Ford and Volkswagen, is launching self-driving autonomous vehicles on the streets of Miami and Austin. On May 17, 2022, the startup announced the start of these trials in two of the eight cities in which it conducts trials. It is in these cities that Ford, Argo AI and Lyft have focused their efforts to roll out robotic taxi services.

Employee transport

“From day one, we set out to drive the toughest miles — in multiple cities — because that’s where consumer density is and where our self-driving platform develops the necessary intelligence to make it a sustainable business,” founder and CEO Brian Salesky said in a statement. statement.

At the moment, unmanned autonomous vehicles Argo AI transport employees. But the startup clarifies that commercial applications should appear soon. The startup is trying to make it easier to integrate its autonomous vehicles into logistics, passenger transportation or delivery services. Lyft and Walmart, for example, are testing autonomous vehicles from Argo AI.

Gatik expands its tests with Walmart

She is not the only one working on such technology. Startup Gatik has also seduced Walmart with its autonomous trucks. The partners who launched the first pilots in Arkansas, the American distributor’s historic home, have announced that they are expanding their trials in Kansas. The announcement was made on May 19, the day after a bill was signed to allow fully autonomous trucks on public roads in that Midwestern state.

The startup, founded in 2017, does not focus on direct-to-consumer delivery, but on supply chain deliveries, which come with high costs for companies. Gatik focuses exclusively on fixed and recurring shipping routes. The choice is made easier by the fact that the startup delivered between the warehouse and the store.

Aurora is also expanding its testing with FedEx.

Aurora, another specialist for autonomous trucks but for long distance travel, is also continuing its developments. The company announced last September that it entered into a partnership with FedEx to ship cargo on a route linking Dallas and Houston. This week, the partners announced they are expanding their partnership to deliver between Fort Worth and El Paso.

Aurora claims that it carried out transportation at different times of the day and in different climatic conditions. Each time the parcels were successfully transported. The security driver is apparently on board his trucks. The autonomous driving specialist claims to have successfully driven over 96,000 kilometers without any incident.

Cruise could get even more in shipping

Cruise, a subsidiary of General Motors that specializes in autonomous driving, but rather in the transport of passengers, can ruin life. If the nugget has already led pilots to race delivery, particularly with Walmart, it has so far seemed to be heavily focused on transporting people and deploying robot taxi services. However, Bloomberg reports that Cruise could move closer to BrightDrop, General Motors’ most recently formed division that is set to traverse an ecosystem of electric vehicles, software, and delivery-focused services.

Cruise and BrightDrop are working on an autonomous delivery vehicle. A logical move for General Motors, as it would increase the number of use cases and make R&D in this area profitable.

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