Trucking News and Briefs for Thursday, October 14, 2021:
Newcomer to Driverless Technology Partners with Cummins
Autonomous truck technology company Locomation said on Wednesday it will work with Cummins on testing and integrating Cummins Powertrain Systems into trucks equipped with Locomation’s autonomous driving technology.
Locomation is looking to reorganize the global supply chain for autonomy, starting with a portfolio of autonomous truck technologies, each equipped with the Cummins ADS Powertrain system. Locomation said its proprietary range software, when integrated with the firmware running on the ADS transmission system, will allow for optimized and more precise control of the powertrain, resulting in increased fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. CO2. Locomation estimates that through this relationship with Cummins, its autonomous truck design will reduce fuel consumption per truck by 10%.
Cummins Managing Director, Global Powertrain Integration, J Michael Taylor, said the collaboration will provide Locomation with access to the resources to market its stand-alone products using Cummins proprietary systems and components and provide Cummins with feedback. valuable for future product improvements.
Locomation aims to roll out its first product line, Autonomous Relay Convoy by the end of 2022, starting with Wilson Logistics and following up with PGT Trucking to fulfill contracts for a total of 2,120 trucks between the first two commercial customers.
FleetPride adds new features to its e-commerce site
FleetPride, Inc. introduced its new e-commerce site. Previously, site visitors could only search for product information and could not purchase items. Today, more than 176,000 products are available online for all class 6-8 heavy-duty vehicles and trailers, and the number is growing every day. Customers can search by part number, cross reference, year / make / model / engine type or VIN number.
“Now customers can click, talk, chat or visit FleetPride to immediately access the large parts inventory and the vast network of stores, service centers and distribution centers to get the exact products and services needed to maintain their trucks in motion, ”said Darren Taylor, senior vice president of marketing and digital at FleetPride.
The site features ‘My Fleet’, where fleet customers can securely store information about their vehicles to easily find the parts they need. Likewise, users can create favorite parts lists for the products they want to save. Customers can find alternative parts and are offered additional parts to help complete the job. Plus, the newly redesigned search and checkout pages highlight critical information like “exact fit” and real-time uptime.
In addition to the launch of the e-commerce site, FleetPride offers drop-shipping options from its five distribution centers as well as branches across the United States. Using a comprehensive order management system and transportation management system, the site allows customers to accurately check the availability of local inventory in real time and select how they wish to receive the product: via in-store pickup, local delivery, or drop shipping. Now even the most obscure product will be easily accessible and delivered when and where the customer needs it. In addition, all orders and invoices, whether placed online or in store, can be managed through the site.
Aurora Driverless Truck Boot Introduces Subscription Services
Aurora unveiled details of its product offering, Aurora Horizon and Aurora Connect on Wednesday. When Aurora launches its trucking business in late 2023 and its ridesharing business a year later, carriers, fleets and ridesharing networks will operate Aurora-powered trucks with products through a Driver-as-a-Service subscription.
Aurora Horizon, the company said, will provide carriers and private fleets with a reliable and scalable driver offering powered by Aurora Driver and a suite of tools designed to integrate these vehicles into existing operations and maximize their uptime. To ensure carriers have confidence in the safety and reliability of Aurora Horizon at launch, Aurora is working with its OEM partners and carrier customers to refine its product through a series of commercial pilots as part of its development program. development of Aurora drivers.
Aurora Connect is designed to enable vehicles equipped with the Aurora Pilot to integrate with ridesharing networks and is designed to provide ridesharing networks with a predictable and reliable supply of Aurora-powered vehicles that can meet fluctuating demand.
With a subscription to Aurora Horizon or Aurora Connect, customers will have access to Aurora Driver (the hardware, software, and data services needed to safely operate an Aurora motor car or truck without a safety driver), Aurora Beacon (the mission control system that will integrate with the system and a carrier or network app to communicate dispatch and route, monitor vehicle condition and manage incident response) and Aurora Shield (the roadside assistance program and extended assistance to maximize the uptime and maintenance of the Aurora pilot.)