Volvo Autonomous Solutions (V.A.S.) and Uber Freight have entered into a long-term strategic partnership to deploy Volvo’s autonomous transport solution on Uber Freight’s marketplace. As a part of the partnership, both companies will work together to offer autonomous freight capacity on select routes starting in Texas to Uber Freight customers.
The partnership between V.A.S. and Uber Freight involves the deep integration of Volvo’s autonomous transport solutions with Uber Freight’s logistics platform. Through the partnership shippers will be able to gain access to autonomous freight capacity on selected routes in Texas and beyond as V.A.S. continues to expand its network.
Both companies envision a future where autonomous and manually driven trucks will work together to move goods more safely and efficiently under a hub-to-hub model. Under this model, autonomous trucks will take on the long-haul portion of the transport mission while human drivers complete drayage operations.
Nils Jaeger, President, Volvo Autonomous Solutions says, “The V.A.S. and Uber Freight partnership is an exciting one. By integrating our autonomous transport solution with Uber Freight’s expansive network, we are offering shippers the possibility to move goods more efficiently while addressing some of the biggest challenges of the industry—transit times, empty miles and a shortage of drivers.
“By integrating our autonomous transport solution with Uber Freight’s marketplace, we have the possibility to learn about customer needs and build a solution that benefits the entire industry. And do this at a time when the industry face unprecedented challenges and needs it the most,” says Sasko Cuklev, Head of On-Road Solutions, Volvo Autonomous Solutions.
V.A.S. is a proven leader in autonomous technology. The shippers we work with are innovative and often early adopters of emerging technology. Our ability to expand access to V.A.S. autonomous transport solutions unlocks greater access to reliable capacity, improving the efficiency and sustainability of their supply chains.
The Uber Freight partnership is a part of V.A.S.’s key customer program for shippers, carriers, logistics service providers, and freight brokers. As a part of the program, V.A.S. is forming strategic partnerships with key customers to pilot and eventually commercialize autonomous transport solutions.
V.A.S. is also working with industry pioneer Aurora to develop and scale a safe and efficient autonomous transport solution with the Aurora Driver and Volvo’s on-highway truck offering. In September 2021, the two companies debuted the first autonomous VNL prototype, Volvo’s flagship long-haul truck.
The autonomous transport solution offered by Volvo Autonomous Solutions is based on Transport as a Service (TaaS) and includes a vehicle purpose-built for autonomous driving, a virtual driver, required infrastructure, operations and uptime support as well as a cloud solution that controls the transport system and manages logistics flows. The solutions developed by Volvo Autonomous Solutions are tailor-made for each customers’ needs and intended to make their operations more safe, productive and sustainable.
Uber Freight is a logistics platform and partner that is reshaping global logistics for shippers and carriers of all sizes. Backed by a suite of logistics solutions and services grounded in innovative marketplace technology, Uber Freight transforms entrenched practices around pricing and booking freight and brings reliability, flexibility and transparency to the movement of goods. With over $17 billion FUM, Uber Freight has built one of the world's most comprehensive logistics networks consisting of over 130,000 digitally-enabled carriers and thousands of shippers, from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, including AB Inbev, Nestle, Land O'Lakes and many more. For more, visit www.uberfreight.com.