Chinese developer of autonomous trucking technology Inceptio Technology has delivered its first batch of autonomous heavy-duty trucks to Yunyi Transport, an international logistics provider.
The express logistics firm ordered 300 autonomous trucks, with 63 being delivered recently.
These ‘Tianlong’ models were co-developed by the self-driving tech company and Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle, and have reportedly been pre-installed with the former’s full-stack autonomous driving system.
During production, the trucks are equipped with hardware kit including lidar, millimeter-wave radar, high-definition cameras and an autonomous driving control unit.
Other self-driving enabling technologies include software using Inceptio’s algorithms, which it has said are tailored to heavy-duty truck operation and that these provide perception and control abilities, as well as improved fuel efficiency.
Yunyi Transport will use the technology across its national line-haul network in China.
“Our record-setting delivery to Yunyi Transport marks a key milestone in the large-scale commercial adoption of our autonomous driving technology,” said Julian Ma, founder and CEO of Inceptio.
“Leading express logistics companies increasingly recognize the benefits of autonomous driving and are racing to implement solutions that help them save on costs, improve efficiency and maintain safe operations.
“It will also provide a solid foundation for us to expand our business internationally in cooperation with our customers and industry partners.”
The autonomous driving company claims its heavy-duty trucks using its Truck Navigate-on-Autopilot (T-NOA) functionality have completed 60 million kilometers of incident-free commercial operations so far and have supported a range of logistics companies to reduce staffing and fuel costs.
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