Einride Embarks on Driverless Truck Operations with GE Appliances in Tennessee

November 14, 2023
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Einride Driverless Truck
Einride Driverless Truck. Source: Einride

Einride, that Swedish tech whiz in the trucking world, just rolled out something big in Selmer, Tennessee. They’ve got their driverless trucks moving goods for GE Appliances – think big fridges and dishwashers – from the factory to the warehouse. These trucks are on the move Monday to Thursday, doing up to seven runs a day. And here’s the kicker: zero emissions. That’s right, clean and green all the way.

Henrik Green from Einride is stoked about this. He says, “We are very proud to partner with GEA and be able to lead the industry in providing autonomous technology and deploying it in the strongest commercial use case today.” They’re not just moving stuff; they’re leading the charge in driverless tech.

Now, this isn’t just about trucks driving themselves. It’s a whole system working together. GE Appliances, along with Einride, are using some smart tech to make loading docks safer and more efficient. We’re talking AI cameras from TaskWatch that control the dock doors and plates, and Slip Robotics’ robots that load and unload these trucks. This cuts down loading times by a whopping 80%. Plus, there’s Ericsson making sure the communication between the truck and the remote operator is crystal clear.

Harry Chase from GE Appliances is all about this new setup. He says, “Our partnership with Einride in Selmer reflects our evolved approach to robotics and automation technology.” They’re streamlining everything, from making appliances to getting them out the door, which means less emissions and safer, easier jobs for the folks working there.

Einride’s been at this since 2016, and they’ve come a long way. They were the first to get an autonomous, electric truck on a public road back in 2019. Now, they’ve got a fleet of these electric heavy-hitters working for big names across eight markets.

These trucks are smart, too. We’re talking Level 4 autonomous – that’s high-tech speak for “no human driver needed.” Einride’s been cooking up these designs since 2017, starting with the T-Pod, then the T-Log, and now the Autonomous Electric Transport (AET).

So, what’s happening in Selmer is a big deal for the trucking world. Einride’s trucks are doing their thing, covering a 0.3-mile stretch between GE’s spots, all under the watchful eye of their remote operators. This is real-deal autonomous trucking in action, showing that driverless, clean trucks can handle the heavy lifting in the real world.

Einride and GE Appliances are showing us the future of trucking – cleaner, safer, and smarter. It’s not just about moving stuff from A to B; it’s about changing how we think about transport and logistics. And they’re doing it right now, in Tennessee.

Sunita Somvanshi

With over two decades of dedicated service in the state environmental ministry, this seasoned professional has cultivated a discerning perspective on the intricate interplay between environmental considerations and diverse industries. Sunita is armed with a keen eye for pivotal details, her extensive experience uniquely positions her to offer insightful commentary on topics ranging from business sustainability and global trade's environmental impact to fostering partnerships, optimizing freight and transport for ecological efficiency, and delving into the realms of thermal management, logistics, carbon credits, and energy transition. Through her writing, she not only imparts valuable knowledge but also provides a nuanced understanding of how businesses can harmonize with environmental imperatives, making her a crucial voice in the discourse on sustainable practices and the future of industry.

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