Locomation, a leading provider of autonomous truck technology solutions, has announced a comprehensive collaboration with leading powertrain manufacturer Cummins for joint testing and integration of Cummins Powertrain Systems in trucks equipped with Locomation’s autonomous driving technology.
“Cummins is a major name in the commercial vehicle industry and we are delighted to work together on making Locomation’s autonomous trucking technology more efficient while ensuring safety,” says Dr. Çetin Meriçli, Locomation’s co-founder and CEO. “This will enable carriers that use trucks equipped with our technology to reduce their operating costs and will eliminate more than 60 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually for each tractor.”
Locomation is on a mission to re-engineer the world’s supply chain for autonomy, beginning with a portfolio of autonomous truck technology, each equipped with the Cummins ADS Powertrain System. Locomation says its proprietary autonomy software, when integrated with the firmware running on the ADS Powertrain System, will enable optimized and more precise powertrain control that will result in increased fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions. Locomation says it estimates through this relationship with Cummins, its autonomous truck design will reduce fuel consumption per truck by 10 percent.
“We are pleased to collaborate with Locomation to develop and test the Cummins powertrain control system integration with their autonomous trucking technology,” says J. Michael Taylor, Cummins general manager, Global Powertrain Integration. “This collaboration will provide Locomation with access to the resources required to commercialize its autonomous products using Cummins’ proprietary systems and components and provide Cummins with valuable feedback for future product improvements.”
Locomation is aiming to deploy its first product line, Autonomous Relay Convoy in late 2022, starting with Wilson Logistics and following with PGT Trucking to fulfill the contracts for a total of 2,120 trucks between the first two commercial customers, the company says.