Embark, HP Partner for Autonomous Tucking
May 14, 2021
is joining Embark Trucks' Partner Development Program (PDP) to test and deploy
autonomous freight within its carrier network. HP will play a critical role in
testing self-driving truck technology in a real-world commercial setting, as
well as providing data and feedback to Embark as it expands the PDP. HP will
record its first autonomous freight deliveries with Embark, moving printers from
Los Angeles, California to Phoenix, Arizona.
The structure of HP's network, with relatively long hauls departing from a
select set of distribution and manufacturing facilities, makes HP particularly
well-suited to capture the value of autonomous freight. These long hauls have
the ability to benefit greatly from the increased speed, sustainability, and
operational efficiency unlocked by 24/7 on-highway operations.
"As our Partner Development Program grows, we're thrilled to bring storied
high-tech companies like HP on board," said Alex Rodrigues, CEO of Embark.
"Embark is excited to work with HP to prepare their carrier network to operate
Embark self-driving trucks. The upfront time invested in PDP will provide HP a
meaningful head-start when it comes time to scale self-driving technology
throughout their logistics operations. Self-driving freight will inevitably help
large shippers like HP bring additional speed and efficiency into their supply
is driving toward net-zero carbon emissions across our entire value chain by
2040," said Jessica Kipp, Global Head of WW Logistics, HP. "Transportation and
logistics have an important role to play, and we're excited to pilot new
technologies with Embark that, when combined with electric and alternative fuel
vehicles, have the potential to create a far more sustainable fleet and
logistics networks than ever before."
The Embark PDP is an industry ecosystem that brings leading carriers and
shippers together to deploy autonomous freight, improve speed and reliability
for customers, and maintain high safety standards. To date, shippers including
AB Inbev and national carriers including Werner, Bison Transport, and Mesilla
Valley Transportation have joined the PDP to leverage the early benefits
provided by autonomous freight.