Uber Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: UBER) company Uber Freight and Aurora Expand Pilot to Haul Goods Autonomously for Holiday Season. Aurora’s autonomous trucking service Aurora Horizon makes weekly hauls of consumer and wholesale goods across the state with its latest generation of trucks based on PACCAR’s Peterbilt 579M. “The holidays are a challenging time for the logistics industry. We’re crafting Aurora Horizon to help carriers of all sizes alleviate some of the supply chain pressures that typically accompany them,” said Sterling Anderson, Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder of Aurora. “Deploying our technology with the Uber Freight team over this 600-mile trip at the peak of the season is an outgrowth of our mutual commitment to ensure that Aurora Horizon can enable carriers of all sizes to safely and efficiently haul freight 24/7/365 on the Uber Freight network.”
“Our extensive and efficient digital marketplace is a key ingredient for autonomous freight deployment,” said Lior Ron, CEO of Uber Freight. “As the preferred marketplace for autonomous trucks, we are incredibly excited to partner with these two companies laser-focused on paving the way for a hybrid network, together. It’s an honor to get in the trenches with Veritiv’s commitment to next-generation supply chains and Aurora’s best-in-class innovation to better understand how autonomous freight can and will safely become a reality.”
Aurora works with additional carriers on the Uber Freight network. The company plans to incorporate learnings from this pilot into its subscription service for carriers and private fleets.