Waymo’s self-driving trucks will deliver home goods for Wayfair

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Waymo will deliver home goods for Wayfair using its fleet of autonomous semi-trailer trucks, the company announced Tuesday.

The deliveries will take place as part of a pilot that’s being conducted by Waymo and JB Hunt Transport Services to test out self-driving trucks along certain shipping routes in Texas. One of JB Hunt’s customers is furniture and home goods giant Wayfair, which will begin sending out deliveries using Waymo’s fleet for a six-week test this July and August.

CH Robinson and Uber Freight, the rideshare company’s on-demand brokerage.

Currently, Waymo is testing the fifth generation of its “Driver,” which is the term it uses to describe its combination of hardware, sensors, and AI software, on its own test fleet of Class 8 trucks. The company is also collaborating with Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, on a fully autonomous Level 4 system for trucks.

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