A self-driving truck has successfully completed a cross country freight deliver carrying a load of cargo from Land O’ Lakes. Plus.ai, the company behind the self-driving technology, announced that their vehicle made the 2,800 mile trip from Tulare, CA to Quakertown, PA in less than three days.
This was the first cross country shipment of a fully-loaded cargo of refrigerated perishable goods. A human driver was on hand for the trip just in case anything went wrong as the truck traveled Interstate 15 and Interstate 70 through various terrains and weather conditions. An engineer was also along for the ride to monitor the behavior of the autonomous driving system.
The truck was able to successfully navigate typical driving obstacles such as bad weather and road construction.
Shawn Kerrigan, COO and co-founder of Plus.ai said, “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.”