Knight-Swift Integrates Autonomous Driving Tech
December 20, 2022
Embark has initiated handover of the first Embark-powered truck as part of the
Knight-Swift Truck Transfer Program. TTP marks the first public initiative where
a carrier will directly own and operate a truck with select features of Embark’s
automated driving software, allowing Embark to gain valuable insight from having
its system components operating in a carrier customer’s duty cycle.
Customer Owned and Dispatched, Embark Powered
For the first time, a carrier – Knight-Swift – will place its own drivers behind
the wheel of an Embark-powered truck, allowing Knight-Swift to collect data
regarding system safety and operational performance. The first Embark-powered
truck will begin integrating into Knight-Swift’s daily operations to move loads
for large shippers on the Los Angeles to Phoenix lane.
Reliability in Customer Fleet Operations
To meet the uptime requirements of a commercial fleet, Embark has focused on
hardening its Embark Universal Interface and Embark Driver software. This system
hardening includes improvements in calibration and maintainability of the
system, enabling quick troubleshooting so that trucks can get back on the road.
Maintainability in Customer Fleet Operations
Embark and Knight-Swift have been jointly working on several operational
initiatives to prepare for the handoff of Embark-powered trucks into
Knight-Swift’s daily operations. These initiatives include developing
maintenance procedures for AV systems, pre- & post-trip inspections, training
and certifying Knight-Swift drivers, and escalation policies for maintenance
issues. Embark is also training Knight-Swift technicians on how to service and
interact with the trucks.
While on the road, Embark-powered trucks will be monitored and supported by
Embark Guardian, a combination of cloud-based fleet management software and
personnel, which together will monitor the health of the Embark system while
enhancing safety on the road.
outside perspective and collaboration with Knight-Swift drivers brings critical
insights to Embark’s system as the company continues to execute on its
commercialization effort and go-to-market strategy.
“I am excited to take delivery, so our drivers and customers can provide direct
feedback on the technology as we use it in day-to-day operations to enable new
safety and efficiency in trucking,” said Knight-Swift CEO, Dave Jackson.
Embark CEO Alex Rodrigues said, “Handing over the first Embark-powered truck to
the Knight-Swift team tops off a year in which Embark has made critical strides
to close the gap between testing our autonomous technology and scaling it across
customer fleets. The Truck Transfer Program will be a model for the industry as
we move from the R&D and pilot phase toward commercialization.”