To illustrate the driving capacity of self-driving cars, a refrigerated truck carrying 40,000 pounds (18,100 kg) of butter recently traveled 2,800 miles (4,500 kilometers) across the United States. The unmanned refrigerated truck, powered by Plus.ai, arrived in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, from Tulare, California.
Self-driving technology has grown steadily in recent years, but success in business also requires many other challenges beyond engineering and software. Complex traffic conditions and changeable weather changes must be overcome before they can be put into commercial use.
The refrigerated truck is equipped with Plus.ai’s self-driving technology, which includes multi-mode sensor fusion, deep learning vision algorithms, and simultaneous positioning and mapping (SLAM) technology. These help guide vehicles as they pass through U.S. Interstates 15 and 70.
Although there is a safety driver and a safety engineer at any one time, most of the journey is self-driving, and safe drivers only drive under local law when they travel through a state. The three-day journey through the Rocky Mountains, the Kansas Plains, and along the snow and rain roads is a variety of terrain and weather conditions.
Shawn Kerrigan, Chief Operating Officer of Plus.ai, said, “This interstate freight trip with Land O’Lakes demonstrates the safety, efficiency and maturity of our self-driving trucks, which are currently delivering freight to other partners several days a week. Our self-driving freight trucks will continue to grow as the new normal in the industry. We are pleased to demonstrate and demonstrate that our technology has complied with the relevant standards and specifications for the safety of contemporary autonomous driving technology and food transportation. “