Pittsburgh-based Locomation, a leading provider of autonomous trucking technology solutions, announced Tuesday that it has entered into an eight-year agreement with Stevens Trucking Company of El Reno, Okla., to provide autonomous trucking systems.
Using Locomation’s proprietary planning and optimization system, Stevens will restructure its operations using a shift model to run its trucks more than 20 hours a day. If the technology development effort is successful, the company will deploy up to 500 trucks equipped with Locomation’s Autonomous Relay Convoy (ARC) systems on six separate track segments of the Autonomous Relay Convoy network over five years. Locomation estimates the total freight transportation value of autonomous trucking in six-lane segments at more than $9 billion annually.
“We are thrilled to partner with Locomation to bring self-driving trucking services to our customers,” said Kenney Stevens, CEO of Stevens Trucking. “We chose Locomation because we believe they bring the most secure and viable turnkey model to market for us to deploy autonomous technology in the short term. For Stevens, this is an incredible opportunity to establish a strong pioneering presence in the paths we have chosen to pursue and enable us to double our market share.
Stevens Trucking said it plans to double its market share using Locomation’s freight optimization and self-driving vehicle technology, reducing empty miles by up to 50% and improving fuel efficiency by more than 50 percent. by 20%.
Locomation’s ARC system is a human-led convoy of two trucks that are electronically tethered. The human-guided autonomy solution allows one driver to drive the lead truck while a second driver rests in the next truck. This system will allow carriers to safely operate two trucks for 20 to 22 hours a day while adhering to US Department of Transportation hours of service regulations. Locomation’s solution promised to help carriers deliver twice as much goods, twice as fast, covering twice the distance, the company said.