July 26, 2022

Kodiak10Roads 400x275 fixKodiak Robotics, which develops self-driving trucking technology, has announced it expanded its autonomous freight service to Florida by partnering with 10 Roads Express, a provider of time-sensitive surface transportation for the U.S. Postal  Service.

Kodiak said it completed a round trip consisting of four commercial deliveries, including a coast-to-coast commercial run. A Kodiak autonomous truck carried 10 Roads Express freight nearly 5,600 miles from San Antonio, Texas, to the San Francisco Bay Area, to Jacksonville, Fla., and then back to San Antonio. The route was completed in just 114 hours, and Kodiak said it mapped more than 5,400 new miles in a single mapping run to bring the new route online.

“We are focused on servicing routes that fit the real-world needs of our customers,” said Don Burnette, founder and CEO of Kodiak. “10 Roads Express’s network of long length-of-haul routes makes it an ideal partner for Kodiak. Our unique lightweight mapping system allowed us to expand into Florida in a fraction of the time it would take to build traditional AV maps, enabling us to service some of the nation’s busiest coast-to-coast freight lanes. This expansion further demonstrates the scalability and flexibility of our autonomous solution, the Kodiak Driver.”

The partnership will also allow 10 Roads to join Kodiak’s Partnership Deployment Program, which evaluates the potential of integrating Kodiak’s autonomous solution into its fleet in the coming years.

“10 Roads Express carries some of the most high-priority freight in the trucking business,” said Wayne Hoovestol, CEO of 10 Roads Express. “We are committed to exploring all opportunities to create better jobs for our drivers while providing exceptional service to our customers. This partnership is an opportunity to stay abreast of this technology’s progress and evaluate its benefits. By partnering with Kodiak now, 10 Roads can build the operational expertise we need to efficiently integrate autonomous trucks into our fleet in the coming years.”

Earlier this year, the company established autonomous service along the I-10 corridor to Jacksonville, as well as launching commercial service between Dallas and Oklahoma City with CEVA Logistics, and freight operations between Dallas and Atlanta with U.S. Xpress. The company has been delivering freight daily between Dallas and Houston since mid-2019, and between Dallas and San Antonio since mid-2021.

For more details on Kodiak Robotics and its technologies, visit its website here.