Embark, AB InBev, Werner, Mesilla Valley Transportation and Bison Transport Team
for Autonomous Trucking
April 8, 2021
launched its Partner Development Program with Werner Enterprises, Mesilla Valley
Transportation, and Bison Transport. The program brings Embark and leading
carriers together to work on autonomous trucking technology that will improve
speed and reliability for customers, as well as safety and work-flexibility for
professional truck drivers.
Through this program, Embark aims to refine and scale the software and support
services necessary to enable carriers to own and operate Embark-equipped OEM
trucks on select US freight lanes. At the core of Embark's product offering to
carriers is the Embark Driver, a per-mile software license that can safely
navigate a carrier-owned, Embark-equipped OEM truck from its origin to
destination. In addition, Embark will provide carriers an autonomous fleet
management solution, Embark Guardian, that provides remote vehicle monitoring,
dispatching, and access to real-time data such as weather and construction.
Together, Embark Driver and Embark Guardian will enable carriers to deploy and
manage a fleet of autonomous trucks within their existing networks.
"Embark's commitment to having carriers purchase and operate our autonomous
trucks, while Embark provides a software subscription and support services, is a
win-win because it leverages the logistical expertise of the carrier, allows the
technology to scale more quickly through existing shipper-carrier relationships
and enables Embark to focus on delivering a safe and reliable autonomous truck,"
said Alex Rodrigues, Chief Executive Officer, and co-founder at Embark. "The
learnings Embark has gained from hundreds of hauls with shippers and carriers
over the years has helped us shape this new business model, and we are excited
to announce it today."
As part of the program, carriers will work alongside Embark to test and refine
various facets of the overall operating model, including remote vehicle
monitoring, vehicle maintenance procedures, teleoperations, AV dispatching
rules, and transfer hub logistics. Werner Enterprises, Mesilla Valley
Transportation, Bison Transport, and other leading carriers bring a nationwide
network for testing and decades of operational, regulatory, and safety
Werner has always been a first mover in the transportation industry, we continue
to invest in new technology and solutions that enrich the experience for
drivers, shippers, and carriers, while optimizing the entire ecosystem," says
Werner's Vice Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Derek Leathers.
"By working with Embark, we amplify the voice of our drivers and our customers,
allowing them to be an important part of the conversation around the innovation
that impacts the future of our industry."
AB InBev and several other F500 shippers from across key industry verticals, who
together spend billions on freight annually, have also joined the Embark Partner
Development Program to provide an end-customer voice and advise on the
integration and scaling of autonomous trucks within their supply chain networks.
In addition to preparing carriers to operate autonomous trucks, the program is
engaging OEMs, real estate developers, and maintenance providers to coordinate
the set of products and services carriers will need to operate a nationwide
network of autonomous freight lanes.
As the Embark Partner Development Program progresses, Embark aims to bring on
additional carriers, shippers, and freight ecosystem partners to bolster
learnings and provide additional scale.