Tuesday, February 20, 2024

ISEE deploys the world’s first fully autonomous yard trucks

ISEE has announced the deployment of the world’s first commercial fleet of autonomous yard trucks at a Fortune 100 customer’s site. This cutting-edge deployment in Texas represents a transition from pilots by demonstrating the successful implementation of state-of-the-art technology into real-world operations and testing to the commercialization of autonomous yard trucks. This ushers in a new era of safety, efficiency, and capacity for the supply chain.

By harnessing the power of AI, machine learning, and computer vision, ISEE has created and deployed a fully autonomous system that streamlines the yard movement of trailers and containers, slashing costs, enhancing safety, and offering companies staffing predictability amid ongoing labor shortages.

The 1.7 million square foot distribution center deployment, with 750 trailer staging bays, is the first of its kind using a fleet of autonomous yard trucks that can operate across all shifts, day and night, and in any weather conditions.

“This campus is the first facility to commercially deploy a fleet of fully autonomous yard trucks. It validates that ISEE is leading the industry in autonomous yard truck technology,” said Yibiao Zhao, ISEE CEO and Co-founder.

“Recognizing revenue from a Fortune 100 customer for their full-facility deployment is only the beginning. We have a strong pipeline that we are excited to share when the moment is right,” said Debbie Yu, Co-founder of ISEE.

According to the US National Safety Council, transportation and warehousing have the highest rate of worker injury among all occupations, with accidents caused by equipment being one of the most common causes.

The autonomous truck yard can significantly reduce accidents and collisions by eliminating the potential for human error. The technology used by ISEE, such as cutting-edge sensor technologies and advanced algorithms, ensures that every movement is executed with precision and caution.

Another important feature of the autonomous truck yard is its ability to provide new capacity. According to the predictions of the American Trucking Association, the US will face a shortage of 160 thousand truck drivers by the end of this decade, which is putting a strain on the supply chain and the economy. Autonomous yard trucks can help provide additional driving capacity, and facility managers can rest easy knowing they don’t have to worry about filling driver shifts every day.

The seamless integration of the autonomous truck yard with existing systems is a key feature. The facility operator can continue using their current systems to request material moves across the facility. ISEE’s system will dispatch autonomous yard trucks to fulfill those requests without requiring any additional infrastructure.

Additionally, ISEE is dedicated to workforce development and sees the deployment of the autonomous truck yard as a new opportunity to train and upskill transportation workers to manage and maintain new systems. This commitment ensures that workers can thrive in the evolving transportation landscape.