TNI || New Delhi || 25th Sept 2021
Autonomous technology company Embark Trucks and Ryder System have formed a partnership that will launch a nationwide network of almost 100 transfer points which will help freight to move from autonomous long-haul trucks to driver-enabled trucks for the first and last-mile delivery.
With this partnership, Embark is planning to establish a network of strategically located transfer points, whereas Ryder plans to serve as transfer point operator, which will manage the logistical operations throughout the yard, will perform pre and post-trip inspections, and also provide maintenance services to the vehicles.
This partnership will initially focus on select sites in major freight markets of California, Tennessee, Florida, Texas, Georgia, and Arizona. By early 2022, Embark plans to begin hauling loads across these sites, which will be a preparation for a larger commercial launch sometime in 2024.
In a recent press release, officials from Ryder said that while working with real estate operators for the next five years, the two companies plan to commence close to 100 Embark transfer points nationally.
According to Alex Rodriguez, Embark’s CEO, by working with Ryder, they plan to offer best-in-class services throughout the transfer points and in doing so will be laying the groundwork for thorough coast-to-coast operations of the Embark trucks.
Ryder has already entered into a partnership with TuSimple and Waymo to serve as their maintenance unit for their autonomous freight network.
As per Karen Jones, CMO and New Product Innovation Head, Ryder, through this partnership, aims to leverage upon almost 90 years of its operational expertise that supports Embark’s growth plans.
Embark Trucks & Ryder Systems Collaborate On A Nationwide Autonomous Fleet Network