Autonomous delivery is now a widely discussed concept in the logistics space, as it becomes closer and closer to a reality. However, some aren't too sure if this will become a mainstay reality in delivery. CEVA Logistics and Kodiak Robotics are proving naysayers wrong with an autonomous freight delivery program between Dallas Fort-Worth and Austin; and Dallas-Fort Worth and Oklahoma City. A Kodiak autonomous tractor pulls a trailer from CEVA Logistics, with the latter's clients products, with the latest addition to the partnership being a 200-mile run between a CEVA facility in Dallas and the delivery point in Oklahoma City, which became the first autonomous delivery in Oklahoma.
Per PR Newswire:
- CEVA delivered its first load with Kodiak in November 2021 and is moving goods weekly on the 200 mile freight lane between Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin, Texas. The companies expanded the partnership in February 2022 with a new route between Dallas-Fort Worth and Oklahoma City on the freight-rich Interstate 35 corridor.
- In addition to these two lanes in connection with CEVA, Kodiak Robotics has been delivering freight daily between Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston since mid-2019. Since mid-2021, Kodiak Robotics has also been delivering freight weekly between Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio.
“Kodiak and CEVA are focused on serving Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, and Oklahoma City, because they cover some of the richest freight corridors in the U.S.," say Don Burnette, founder and CEO, Kodiak. "As Americans grapple with pandemic-related supply-chain issues and the long-term truck driver shortage, CEVA is leading the industry in adopting new technology that will benefit its customers.”