Ikea Partners With Driverless Truck Startup to Test Deliveries in Texas

Kodiak Robotics' vehicles will run a daily 300-mile route

Ikea is the latest retailer to test driverless delivery using autonomous semitrucks in partnership with startup Kodiak Robotics.

The furniture giant has launched a pilot program with a 300-mile daily route from a distribution center near Houston, Texas to a store in a suburb of Dallas, tapping a system of freight paths that Kodiak has been developing in the state since 2019.

The trial run follows the lead of retailers like Walmart, its bulk subsidiary Sam’s Club and Canadian grocer Loblaws, which have been testing the viability of driverless truck shipping over the past several months.

An Ikea spokesperson said the goal of the tests is to determine how such technology might increase road safety and working conditions for long-distance drivers.



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