(Meredith) – A driverless semi-truck has just completed the first automated trip across the country to deliver butter from California to Pennsylvania.
According to Business Wire, the company behind the technology, Plus.ai, was able to program the truck to complete the journey in less than three days.
The truck was able to make the journey using “senor fusion, deep learning visual algorithms, and simultaneous location and mapping (SLAM) technologies.”
The 2,800-mile journey took place primarily on Interstate 15 and Interstate 70. Even though the truck was responsible for the driving, a safety driver was present the entire time to monitor the truck’s progress and take control of the vehicle if needed. A safety engineer was also present to monitor the truck’s operating systems.
The truck successfully navigated a wide range of weather and road conditions, including the “winding roads in the Rockies, multi-mile tunnels, rain, and snow."
This cross-country freight run with Land O’Lakes shows the safety, efficiency and maturity of our autonomous trucks, which are already delivering freight for other partners several days a week,” said Shawn Kerrigan, COO and co-founder of Plus.ai to Business Wire. “Continued advances in our autonomous trucks will make it possible for these quick cross-country runs to be the norm in the future. We are excited to demonstrate what our technology can already achieve today while meeting rigorous autonomous driving safety and food transportation compliance standards.”