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J.B. Hunt Adds Wayfair to Driverless Trucking Pilot

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J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell added the furniture company Wayfair to its autonomous trucking pilot program it has with Waymo.

J.B. Hunt and Waymo first partnered in June 2021 on a pilot program hauling freight between Houston and Fort Worth on Interstate 45 in Texas. It extended the partnership to include more routes along that corridor in January 2022.

The Wayfair pilot will last six weeks beginning next month along the I-45 corridor between Houston and Dallas.

“Real-time testing with customers like Wayfair is critical to making autonomous freight movement a viable solution in the future,” J.B. Hunt Chief Sustainability Officer Craig Harper said. “Every supply chain is unique, so it’s important that customers can work alongside J.B. Hunt and Waymo to ensure that advanced autonomous technology will create capacity that meets their needs. Through shared experiences, technology integration and innovative thinking, autonomous technology can help us advance J.B. Hunt’s mission to create the most efficient transportation network in North America.”

During the pilot program, the three companies will analyze delivery, loading and unloading data as well as the autonomous trucks’ performances. A licensed driver and a software expert will be in the tractor during the deliveries to oversee operations.

“Expanding our alliance with J.B. Hunt and beginning to move freight together for Wayfair is an exciting next step toward applying the Waymo Driver technology to commercial goods delivery,” Waymo executive John Verdon said. “We couldn’t be more delighted to work alongside companies who share our innovative spirit and excitement for what autonomous driving technology can mean for the trucking industry.”

J.B. Hunt and Waymo said more than 862,000 pounds of freight were delivered on-time during the original pilot program with zero accidents.

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