Pilot Company has announced a strategic partnership with Kodiak Robotics, an autonomous truck tech firm. Through the partnership, Pilot and Kodiak are collaborating to develop autonomous truck services at Pilot and Flying J travel centers.
Pilot and Kodiak are in the process of creating an “autonomous truckport” in the Atlanta area to evaluate potential service offerings, including spaces to pick up and drop off autonomous trucking loads; conduct inspections; maintain and refuel trucks; and the ability to transfer data for processing, to aid in the development of new features on the trucks and mapping.
Pilot made a strategic investment in Kodiak and will join the company’s Board of Directors, Pilot said, with customers in mind.
Kodiak is significantly expanding its service footprint and partner network this year, the company said. In July, Kodiak announced a partnership with 10 Roads Express, a provider of time-sensitive surface transportation for the U.S. Postal Service, expanding the company’s service to Florida.
Earlier this year, Kodiak announced a new route between Dallas and Oklahoma City with CEVA Logistics and a route between Dallas and Atlanta with U.S. Xpress. The company has been delivering freight commercially since 2019 and currently has six routes that run regularly between Dallas and Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Atlanta, Oklahoma City and Jacksonville, Florida.