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DHL backs self-driving trucks from Ike

DHL is amongst the logistics companies deploying a new self-driving truck in its fleet.

DHL and other 3PLs Ryder and NFI have collectively reserved 1000 trucks from automation company Ike.

The 3PLs will buy trucks from manufacturers which are fitted with Ike’s automation software, as well as sensors and mechanical equipment.

The solution is designed to enable long-haul highway driving, with human drivers navigating the more complex routes to and from the highway.

“This approach has the potential to save lives, improve our customers’ operating margins, and keep their drivers closer to home. It also gives Ike the opportunity to be the high margin, asset light, technology-focused company we envisioned from the start,” Ike said in a blog.

“Ryder, DHL, NFI, and our other customers have helped validate our confidence in this business model, and we are looking forward to powering their fleets with technology that will create a significant competitive advantage.”

While regulatory hurdles still stand in the way of self-driving cars appearing on the roads, many companies are eyeing the potential of the technology with strategic investments and trials.

In June, Amazon announced it would acquire an autonomous vehicle start-up called Zoox, founded in 2014, focused on autonomous ride-hailing with zero emission vehicles.

UPS has invested in self-driving tractor trailer company TuSimple, as well as trialled self-driving vehicles from Waymo.

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