Historic autonomous vehicle hits the road

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Goods mobility technology company Einride has successfully completed a pilot project for Einride’s autonomous electric vehicle on public roads. After receiving the first U.S. approval to operate this new type of vehicle from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) earlier this year, Einride completed this industry first by operating a fully autonomous electric vehicle with no on-board safety driver on the U.S. public highway . The pilot, in partnership with GE Appliances, a Haier company, took place over a two-week period as the vehicle supported real-time workflows and transported finished goods from GE Appliances facilities.

“The completion of this pilot project is a significant step in the operation of autonomous heavy-duty road freight in the United States,” said Robert Falck, CEO and Founder of Einride. “This shows how Einride’s new type of vessel that reshaped the future of shipping is here today, enabling real change in the industry.”

Working closely with NHTSA, state and county officials and GE Appliances employees, the Einride autonomous vehicle performed the safe movement of goods between the GE Appliances manufacturing facility and warehouse. Einride also partnered with Ericsson, who provided a private connectivity network for seamless vehicle functionality, allowing a remote operator to remotely monitor the vehicle. Location of GE Appliances in Selmer, TN. It was chosen as the pilot launch site due to the nature of the environment to safely test operations while meeting actual demand for goods movements.

“To be a leader, you have to think ahead and think differently,” said Harry Chase, senior director of central materials at GE Appliances. “Working with Einride on this pilot project on public roads in Tennessee has helped us better visualize and understand what we need to do differently to be at the forefront of autonomous and EV implementation. At GE Appliances, we believe that in order to learn, you have to constantly experiment with new technologies.”

Einride operates one of the largest fleets of electric vehicles in Europe and the US, with the partnership with GE Appliances deploying both autonomous and electric vehicles as of October 2021. Since then, GE Appliances has doubled its connected electric fleet of Einride Trucks and leverages Einride’s intelligent cargo mobility platform, Einride Saga, to reduce emissions in its supply chains.

October 27, 2022

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