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Kodiak Trucks to Pioneer the World's First Autonomous Fleet

Kodiak Robotics has recently made an exciting announcement regarding its partnership with Loadsmith, a third-party capacity-as-a-service (CaaS) logistics platform. Loadsmith, a logistics platform established by Brett Suma, a former executive at Knight-Swift, has made the strategic decision to partner with Kodiak Robotics to develop its autonomous operations. As part of this collaboration, Loadsmith will integrate Kodiak’s cutting-edge self-driving technology, called the Kodiak Driver, into its fleet of 800 trucks. These trucks will form the backbone of the newly established Loadsmith Freight Network (LFN) and aim to become the first freight transportation company specifically designed for self-driving trucks.

The delivery of the Kodiak Driver-powered autonomous trucks is scheduled to commence in the second half of 2025. The Kodiak-equipped trucks within the LFN will operate autonomously on interstate highways, handling the long-haul portions of Loadsmith’s deliveries. Meanwhile, human-driven trucks, booked through Loadsmith’s platform, will take care of local pickups and deliveries. By combining autonomous long-haul trucks with local drivers who meet at designated hubs along and within the LFN, Loadsmith, and Kodiak intend to enable shippers to transport goods more efficiently, reliably, and safely.

Kodiak Robotics’ Founder and CEO, Don Burnette, expressed pride in being chosen as the backbone for Loadsmith’s operations. He acknowledged Brett Suma, the visionary Founder of Loadsmith, and his unique experience in the trucking industry, which has driven him to reimagine logistics for the autonomous era.

Loadsmith’s exclusive logistics platform has devised a strategic deployment plan for 6,000 trailers on the Loadsmith Freight Network (LFN). This strategy aims to maximize the utilization of Kodiak-powered trucks operating on the network. By seamlessly integrating both self-driving trucks and manual trucks within the same network, Loadsmith envisions a swift expansion of autonomous deliveries. This ambitious approach seeks to facilitate a substantial shift in freight transportation by transitioning a significant portion of freight volume from traditional trucking methods to a more adaptable and on-demand service.¬†This innovative model will allow shippers to leverage autonomous trucks seamlessly for long-haul lanes that are often less desirable to many drivers. Consequently, it will create attractive local driving opportunities and alleviate the driver shortage that has been affecting American supply chains.

Loadsmith has also joined the Kodiak Partner Deployment Program as part of the agreement. This program assists shippers and carriers in establishing autonomous freight operations and seamlessly integrating the Kodiak Driver into their fleets. Kodiak has recently partnered with prominent companies such as C.R. England, Tyson, IKEA, Werner, and Forward.


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