Enride, the Swedish startup that seeks to electrify the autonomous goods industry, will begin operating its purpose-built, self-driving pods on public roads in the US this year as part of an existing partnership with General Electric Appliances (GEA).
The Einride’s pods are built without a front cabin for the human safety operator, which the company says requires approval from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) to operate on public roads.
“Other companies are repurposing existing trucks to become autonomous, but we are doing the opposite,” Robert Falk, CEO and founder of eRide, told Meczyki.Net. “We are building a new way to do autonomous shipping from the ground up that results in this new type of vehicle design and functionality.”
While there are many autonomous trucking companies transporting freight in America today, it is true that they are all currently based on existing trucks, and almost none of them are electric.
InRide says this milestone marks the first time a purpose-built autonomous electric truck has received permission to operate on public roads, however, it is a reminder of the autonomous vehicle company Nuro’s 2020 request for temporary exemption from certain low-speed vehicle standard requirements, Nuro’s vehicles delivering food and groceries using public roads are also built without space for a driver or passengers. So the company needed NHTSA approval to use a new type of vehicle that is not built with certain human-centered features, such as mirrors or windshields. Presumably, einRide’s approval is similar in nature, but the company would not confirm with Meczyki.Net. Despite several attempts, NHTSA could not confirm this to Meczyki.Net.
EinRide had said that approval is conditional on the company adhering to a set location and time – EinRide’s pod will operate on a mixed traffic, one-mile-long road between a GEA factory and a warehouse in Selmer, Tennessee in the third. Eneride has been operating its pods with GEA at the company’s fenced warehouse in Louisville since November 2021, during which time Eneride tests its technology in a closed facility with predetermined routes and a controlled environment.
“This new pilot will take us to public roads for the first time in the US, allowing smaller shipments on public roads as well as routes that use fenced areas,” Falk said. Roads. “What we’re building with these different pilots is a clear business case for how our eNroid pods can support commercialization for customers in a variety of environments.”
During the initial two-week pilot, the pod will carry cargo and coordinate with teams in warehouses for loading and unloading. A remote pod operator, called einRide, is key to helping the company’s business model become scalable in the future, monitoring and assisting or guiding operations during critical, low-speed operations, according to the company. For example, the remote operator may assist the vehicle with backing up to the dock or wait for the crews to unload the pod. InRide says the vehicle can operate autonomously in most other situations.
It’s not clear how many runs the pod will make each day, but according to its approval limits with the NHTSA, Einride’s pod will only operate during daylight hours on weekdays, and can withstand adverse weather and road conditions such as heavy rain, snow, fog. situation would be avoided. , hail or temperatures below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the pod has the capability to work in such conditions due to its lidar and cameras, the company said.
InRide is also expanding its footprint in the US through its partnership with Oatly, an oat-based milk company. The two expanded their partnership earlier this month Electrification of Oatley’s North American Fleet With five electric Class 8 trucks attached to InRide. in February, Einride reportedly took the BYD. ordered 200 electric trucks from used in america