Truckport for Autonomous Trucks Opened

The truckport will be a transfer hub for manual first- and last-mile deliveries and will be used to conduct maintenance, refueling and enhanced inspections for Kodiak Robotics’ self-driving trucks By Abi Wylie / 25 Aug 2023
Truckport for Autonomous Trucks Opened
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Kodiak Robotics, Inc. and Pilot Company have announced the opening of their inaugural truckport for autonomous trucks. 

The facility, located at the Pilot travel center in Villa Rica, Georgia, will be used by Kodiak to launch and land autonomous trucks and will serve as a convenient hub for drivers to pick up and drop off first- and last-mile deliveries. 

The Villa Rica truckport will support Kodiak’s 18,000-mile-long autonomous deployment network, reportedly the industry’s largest set of mapped routes for self-driving trucks.

Kodiak is a leading self-driving truck company, and Pilot Company is the largest operator of travel centers in North America. 

The new truckport will serve as an eastern satellite hub for Kodiak’s network, while the company’s Dallas-Fort Worth hub will continue to serve as the main terminal for its autonomous truck fleet. 

It also serves as a model for future Kodiak truckports, which are designed to be highly scalable due to lean infrastructure requirements. Additional comprehensive services at the truckport will include refueling at the Pilot Travel Center, light maintenance, and pre-trip inspections, including Enhanced Inspections specifically designed for self-driving trucks.

Pilot Company announced last year that it had made a strategic investment in Kodiak and joined its Board of Directors. Kodiak and Pilot are exploring further expansion within Pilot’s national travel center network. The opening of the Pilot Villa Rica truckport follows Kodiak’s recent partnership announcements with Loadsmith, C.R. England and Tyson, IKEA, Werner, Forward and others.

Don Burnette, founder and CEO of Kodiak Robotics, said, “This partnership, combined with Kodiak’s flexible technology stack, enables our scalable, asset-light approach to building our truckport network. The freight lane between Dallas and Atlanta is critical to the nation’s supply chain and economy, and this truckport enables us to refine our operations model as we continue to grow.”

“Pilot Company rigorously tests ways to integrate new technologies, including autonomous trucks, to maintain our safety-first focus and continue fueling the trucking industry,” said Brandon Trama, director of strategy and business development at Pilot Company. “Working with Kodiak aligns with our emphasis on improving the quality of life for professional drivers. Autonomous trucks focus on the long, repeatable highway miles, leaving the more enticing local, first- and last-mile deliveries for professional drivers who can stay closer to home.”

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