Could autonomous trucks be pulling up next to you at the local Pilot?
Pilot has worked with Kodiak for about two years now. The chain was an end-point for one of Kodiak’s first Level 4 test routes in the Dallas area. The testing efforts now shift to Atlanta, where Pilot will use existing infrastructure to develop a testing ground in the freight hub.
“It gives us a hub to launch operations, including all of the different services we need for a smooth, safe and reliable autonomy operation,”Kodiak CEO Don Burnette
Kodiak is focused on long-haul, freight hub-to-hub transport routes. Having a maintenance facility at the end of the route is part of the company’s plans.
The Pilot facilities would provide refueling, maintenance, inspection services, and data management. Pilot’s investment in Kodiak earns the company a seat on the autonomous trucking company’s board of directors.
In addition, Pilot recently penned a deal with General Motors to establish a network of high-speed electric vehicle chargers at its travel centers.
Read more by Alan Adler, FreightWaves’ Detroit Bureau Chief, in an article he wrote about the partnership and its benefits.
Why did Colonial Freight close after 80 years?
Many were shocked when Knoxville, Tennessee-based Colonial Freight Systems announced it will shut down at the end of August. The company has been a mainstay for owner-operators for the last 80 years.
Rumblings began in early August when Trucking Traveler, a YouTube content creator, posted a video about news he received of Colonial’s plans to shut down.
The host states that the owners, Mr. and Mrs. McBride, wanted to retire, but commented that other things could be at play. Economic conditions such as high fuel prices, low margins, and drivers leaving for other opportunities could be factors.
Todd Maiden, FreightWaves’ Finance Editor, has posted an article on what the company plans to do with its fleet and drivers who are contracted to the Colonial Freight.