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J.B. Hunt Extends Partnership With Waymo

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J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell announced it has extended its partnership with autonomous driving company Waymo.

In June, J.B. Hunt had worked with Waymo, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet Inc. of Mountain View, California, on a pilot program to use the Waymo Via autonomous Class 8 truck to haul freight between Houston and Fort Worth on Interstate 45. The new partnership will include more pilots on the same route.

“Our pilot last year with Waymo Via really helped us get a hands-on understanding of how autonomous driving technology could be implemented within our operations,” said Craig Harper, J.B. Hunt’s chief sustainability officer. “This strategic alliance will continue that momentum and further explore the intricate details that would make this a value-driven solution for customers. We believe autonomous driving technology will help us create the most efficient transportation network in North America, and our collaboration with Waymo Via is a pivotal step towards fulfilling that mission.”

Waymo said it plans for J.B. Hunt to be the company’s first customer when it begins operations in Texas in the next few years.

“Our collaboration with J.B. Hunt in 2021 was incredibly fruitful,” said Charlie Jatt, Waymo’s head of commercialization for trucking. “Establishing this strategic alliance marks an exciting moment for our relationship, and more importantly, paves the way for us both to help grow the foundations for successful deployment and to capitalize on the benefits of autonomous driving technology.”

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