Trucking news and briefs for Friday, May 6, 2022:
Penske will service Torc trucks
Penske Truck Leasing will serve as the truck maintenance service provider for Torc’s self-driving test fleet, the companies announced Thursday.
Torc Founder and CEO Michael Fleming hailed Penske Truck Leasing’s expertise and track record in the global trucking industry as playing an important role in getting his company’s trucks on the road and strengthening its operational safety objective.
“Our goal is to integrate our trucks into the existing freight industry, and we are confident that a current industry leader like Penske will provide critical support to achieve this,” he added.
This agreement is part of Torc’s ongoing commercialization of self-driving trucks for long-haul applications.
Torc recently announced the Torc Autonomous Advisory Council (TAAC) in support of its goal to be the first scalable, cost-effective, commercially available Tier 4 truck solution. Penske Truck Leasing, along with key leaders in the freight industry, will provide strategic guidance to Torc as it integrates into the freight network and tackles challenges beyond highway driving.
Daimler Truck invests in smart machinery company
Daimler Truck has taken a minority stake in Apex.AI, a company developing certified safety software for mobility and autonomous applications, joining companies such as Toyota Ventures, Volvo Group Venture Capital, Jaguar Land Rover’s InMotion Ventures, Airbus Ventures, Continental AG, ZF, AGCO and HELLA Ventures.
Apex.AI has developed a suite of certified automotive safety software solutions, including the Apex.OS operating system. The software suite serves as the basic infrastructure on which intelligent machines operate in the automotive, agriculture, mining, IoT and industrial automation sectors.
The Apex.OS SDK enables automotive software developers to more efficiently build secure, reliable, and real-time applications. Like Apple’s iOS SDK, which allows virtually anyone to create an iPhone app, Apex.OS makes programming a vehicle or robot almost as easy as programming a phone. The result is significantly shortened development cycles for new mobility features, all of which are built on a foundation of software recognized to have the highest security standards.
Apex.AI’s flagship operating system, Apex.OS, is an operating system that has achieved the highest security certifications in the industry, including product certification from German testing organization TÜV Nord and the highest level of ISO 26262 ASIL-D automotive software security. Passing these rigorous testing programs means that the software system is approved for mass production.
Volvo Autonomous Solutions launches new hub-to-hub autonomous offering
Supply Chain would be the first key customer representing the logistics service provider segment to pilot the program.”/>VOLVOVolvo Autonomous Solutions (VAS) offers a new autonomous hub-to-hub transport solution, designed to serve four main customer segments: shippers, carriers, logistics service providers and freight brokers. Each offering will be configured to meet the business needs of specific segments while meeting the growing demand for freight transportation in North America, the company said.
VAS also announced that it will partner with global logistics provider DHL Supply Chain as the first customer to pilot the hub-to-hub solution, representing Volvo’s goal of developing a business model with customers that will address the necessary steps to bring its standalone offerings to market.
VAS, in collaboration with Aurora, is working to bring autonomous trucks to the United States, while developing a complete transportation-as-a-service (TaaS) solution for integrated and scalable autonomous freight capability for on-road applications. Introduced on Thursday, the autonomous transport solution will be configured according to the requirements of different customer segments to transport freight autonomously on major US highway networks.
“Today, growing demand for freight outstrips capacity, and solutions need to be bolder, safer, smarter and more sustainable to move the world forward,” said Nils Jaeger, president of Volvo Autonomous Solutions. “It’s more than an autonomous truck – it’s the autonomous transport solution, which we believe will create value for the entire transport ecosystem, all with optimized operations that reduce emissions. and increase security.
VAS is working across all four customer segments to finalize strategic partnerships with “key customers” – segment leaders who will drive the autonomous transportation solution. These partnerships will allow VAS to understand the needs of each specific segment in real-world applications and to develop and adapt offerings based on inputs and findings experienced across the entire transportation network.
Opening of nominations for TA citizen drivers
TravelCenters of America has opened the nomination period for its 2022 TA Citizen Driver competition.
Each year, TA holds the contest as part of an initiative to give back to the trucking community. It rewards highway truckers who evoke public respect for the trucking profession.
Families, friends and colleagues can nominate a truck driver who exemplifies a strong work ethic and character through the online nomination form until October 31.
There will be two overall winners for the 2022 TA Citizen Driver Award, along with 10 finalists who will also receive prizes. Additionally, there will be a live awards ceremony honoring the winners and their tenacity.