Plus.ai announced Tuesday that the start-up has completed a long-haul shipment of semi-autonomous trucks from Tullely, California, to Pennsylvania to transport Land O’Lakes butter from trucks. According to the announcement, the shipment took less than three days, the first time a Class 4 self-driving system had processed commercial cargo, meaning the truck was carrying perishable cargo.
Plus.ai’s technology suite, called SLAM, is a multi-mode sensor fusion, deep learning vision algorithm, and simultaneous positioning and mapping acronyms. With this system, semi-autonomous mode allows the truck to travel 2,800 miles autonomously. The start-up told Roadshow that the self-driving system has zero clutch rates, and that the only time drivers take over is federal mandatory rest and refueling.
It’s a huge achievement to note what technology needs to deal with. The truck was moving day and night, unperual to changes in altitude and road works, but also experienced rain and snow. For now, bad weather remains where driverless car technology needs to continue to be developed.
Many companies are eager to improve efficiency in the automatic transport of goods. Without a driver, you don’t have to stop to rest, go to the bathroom or consume food. The significance of this technology for truck drivers is unclear.