Outrider’s $65 Million Fundraise Signals Strong `Green Light’ For AV Trucking

Driverless trucks are an answer for the ever-worsening driver shortage plus the ever-increasing demands for freight movement. We’ve seen a plethora of AV truck startups come to the fore. Companies like Aurora, Embark, Ike, Kodiak, Plus, TuSimple, and Waymo are targeting long haul trucking. Einride and Gatik are targeting short haul. In the last year or so, the truck manufacturers have stepped up their development programs, notably Daimler’s tie-ups with Torc Robotics and Waymo, TRATON’s partnership with TuSimple, and Volvo Group establishing Volvo Autonomous Solutions. Major shippers like Amazon
AMZN
and UPS are very much in the game.

Highly visible public road testing of long-haul driverless trucks is underway in China, Europe, and the U.S. Less visible to the public are

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