IKEA Pilots Self Driving Trucks
October 18, 2022
Kodiak Robotics has started cooperation with IKEA Supply Chain
Operations by piloting autonomous freight deliveries in Texas. The
cooperation, which began on August 8, 2022, includes a Kodiak
autonomous heavy-duty truck transporting IKEA products seven days a
week between the IKEA Distribution Center in Baytown and the IKEA
Store in Frisco.
The main purpose is to get a better understanding of how Kodiak's
autonomous driving technology contributes to increased road safety
and better working conditions for truck drivers on the longer
distances. The self-driving truck has a professional safety truck
driver behind the wheel who picks up a loaded trailer at the
distribution center each morning and oversees the autonomous
delivery to the store by late afternoon.
"We are proud to be working with Kodiak to achieve our ambitious
goals of being at the forefront of innovation and building
capabilities for future transportation," says Dariusz Mroczek,
Category Area Transport Manager, IKEA Supply Chain Operations.
"Kodiak's technology will contribute towards our objective to put
the driver in focus in the transition towards automated
transportation and towards our road safety agenda."
and Kodiak share a commitment to putting safety first," said Don
Burnette, Founder and CEO, Kodiak Robotics. "Together we can enhance
safety, improve working conditions for drivers, and create a more
sustainable freight transportation system. Adopting autonomous
trucking technology can improve drivers' quality of life by focusing
on the local driving jobs most prefer to do. We look forward to
working with the IKEA carrier partners to bring these benefits to
the IKEA supply chain."
Autonomous trucks are also more fuel-efficient as indicated by a
study from the University of California San Diego which estimated
that self-driving trucks consume roughly 10% less fuel than
traditional manually driven trucks on diesel-fueled fleets.
Leveraging its built-for-scale solution, Kodiak has been rapidly and
safely adding new lanes. These include the recently announced launch
of commercial operations between Dallas and Oklahoma City and
service between Dallas and Atlanta. Kodiak has been delivering
freight daily between Dallas to Houston since mid-2019, and
delivering freight between Dallas and San Antonio since mid-2021.