Plus.ai completes three-day cross-country commercial freight run in the US with a self-driving truck
Plus.ai, a US-based provider of self-driving trucking technology, has completed the first coast-to-coast commercial freight run with an autonomous truck on behalf of food company Land O’Lakes.
Spanning over 4,500 km, Plus.ai’s L4 autonomous truck completed the hub-to-hub trip from Tulare, CA to Quakertown, PA in less than three days. This is the first L4 U.S. cross-country commercial pilot hauling a fully-loaded refrigerated trailer of perishable cargo.
The truck was equipped with Plus.ai’s advanced autonomous driving system which utilizes multimodal sensor fusion, deep learning visual algorithms, and simultaneous location and mapping (SLAM) technologies. The journey was an important milestone in validating the system’s ability to safely handle a wide range of weather and road conditions. The vehicle drove primarily in autonomous mode across interstate 15 and interstate 70, passing through varied terrains and weather conditions. A safety driver was on board at all times to monitor and assume control if needed, and a safety engineer was present to monitor system operations.
On its continuous cross-country journey, the Plus.ai autonomous truck safely navigated driving day and night through the expansive plains of Kansas, winding roads of the Rockies, road construction, multi-mile tunnels, over 11,000 feet elevation, and was greeted with rainy and snowy roads heading east, all in under three days.