Dec 13, 2019 - Technology

Self-driving truck makes historic cross-country trek

Plus.ai encountered sleet on its cross-country trek. Photo courtesy of Plus.ai
Plus.ai encountered sleet on its cross-country trek. Photo courtesy of Plus.ai

Self-driving truck company Plus.ai says it completed the first coast-to-coast commercial freight run with an autonomous truck.

Why it matters: Driving both day and night, Plus.ai completed the 2,800-mile trip from Tulare, Calif., to Quakertown, Pa., in less than three days, an important milestone in validating the system’s ability to safely handle a wide range of weather and road conditions.

  • Notably, the truck drove primarily in autonomous mode without disengaging, even while navigating challenging winter weather, winding mountain roads, road construction and tunnels.
  • A safety driver was on board at all times to monitor and assume control if needed, and a safety engineer was present to monitor system operations.
  • The truck was hauling 40,000 pounds of refrigerated butter for Land O’Lakes.

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