When trucking start-up Embark began its first trials with automated trucks in 2017 the company joined Uber’s self-driving trucking wing Otto in envisioning a new model for logistics that would lessen the burden on drivers and help logistics companies combat declining workforce woes. The first trials saw Embark utilize Level 2 automation to complete deliveries between Texas and California (some 2000 km) while Embark CEO Alex Rodrigues hinted at future tests which would considerably expand this range.

Now, having completed a coast to coast delivery (3900 km), the company has set a new bar for automated logistics solutions. The journey marks a significant step in the field, conducted on freeways with little manual assistance from the human assistance driver who monitored the journey, it relied on sensors, cameras, and software to complete the journey rather than pre-mapping its journey.

The introduction of automated vehicles in long-distance deliveries paired with the electric technologies that are beginning to expand in the market are set to overhaul the logistics industry, enabling cities to take advantage of off-peak hours to make deliveries.

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