Ryder (CCJ Top 250, # 14) and autonomous truck technology newcomer Embark Trucks partner to deploy a nationwide network of up to 100 Embark transfer points, where Ryder will provide yard operations, maintenance and management fleet to support an autonomous country from coast to coast. network for Embarquer’s fleet partners.
Embark first launched its transfer point model in 2019 with locations in Los Angeles and Phoenix, having since completed hundreds of transports to these sites, refining required transfer point capabilities and evaluating a range of providers. of services to meet these capacities.
Embark plans to establish a network of strategically located transfer points as part of the partnership, where freight will be moved from driverless long-haul trucks to chauffeured trucks for the first and last mile. Ryder plans to serve as the transfer point operator, manage logistics operations throughout the jobsite, perform pre and post trip inspections, and provide maintenance services for vehicles as well as stand-alone equipment.
“A fully developed transfer point must include autonomous truck maintenance services and efficient yard operations,” said Alex Rodrigues, CEO of Embark. “By working with Ryder to provide best-in-class truck services across our transfer point network, we are laying the foundation for seamless operations coast-to-coast with Emark-equipped trucks. “
Initially, the partnership will focus on developing selected sites in key freight markets in California, Arizona, Texas, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida, through which Embark plans to begin transporting loads early in the year. 2022 with a view to a larger commercial launch in 2024. Over the next five years, together with a network of real estate operators, the two companies aim to open up to 100 Embark transfer points across the country.
“The path to commercial adoption of autonomous trucks involves much more than integrating technology that allows vehicles to drive safely on their own,” said Karen Jones, CMO and Head of New Product Innovation at Ryder . “Someone needs to inspect vehicles to identify potential problems, provide maintenance assistance, maintain autonomous equipment, and coordinate load transfers, among other things. Through this partnership with Embark, we are able to leverage Ryder’s nearly 90 years of operational expertise to support Emark’s growth plan.