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Texas distribution center launches fully autonomous truck yard

ISEE, a self-driving vehicle company, has launched the "world's first" fully autonomous truck yard at a major distribution center in Texas, featuring a fleet of driverless yard trucks.

Big move: The customer, a Fortune 100 company boasting a distribution center with 1.7 million square feet and 750 trailer staging bays, remains unnamed. This breakthrough paves the way for advancements in logistics and potentially alters the trucking landscape.

The details: The autonomous vehicles are designed to maneuver trailers and containers within the yard efficiently, promising to cut costs, enhance safety, and provide staffing solutions amid labor shortages. The technology relies on a combination of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computer vision according to a Business Wire press release.

Why it matters: With proven commercial deployment, ISEE has positioned itself as a front-runner in autonomous yard truck technology, offering a glimpse of the industry's futuristic trajectory. This innovation comes at a time when the transportation sector grapples with workforce challenges.

Debbie Yu, Co-founder of ISEE, indicates that this deployment is just the inception, hinting at a "strong pipeline" that could signal wider adoption of autonomous technology in logistics.

The bottom line: With the autonomous trucks operational, ISEE takes a significant step in modernizing freight operations and possibly reshaping warehousing strategies.

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