Feb 07, 2024

[Business Wire] ISEE Commercially Deploys World’s First Fully Autonomous Truck Yard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ISEE, a leader in autonomous vehicle technology for transportation and logistics, announced today the world’s first commercial fleet deployment of autonomous yard trucks at a Fortune 100 customer’s site. This cutting-edge deployment, located in Texas, represents a transition from pilots and testing to commercialization of autonomous yard trucks and ushers in a new era of safety, efficiency, and capacity for the supply chain.

The autonomous truck yard represents a significant milestone in the advancement of transportation logistics. 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 to reduce costs, improve safety, and give companies staffing predictability amidst ongoing labor shortages.

The deployment at the 1.7 million square foot distribution center, with 750 trailer staging bays, is the first of its kind using a fleet of autonomous yard trucks with the ability to operate across all shifts, day and night, rain or shine.

“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.

Key benefits and features of the autonomous truck yard include:

Enhanced Safety: The US National Safety Council reports that transportation and warehousing have the highest rate of worker injury of all occupations, and being struck by equipment is one of the most common causes. By eliminating the potential for human error, the autonomous truck yard can dramatically reduce accidents and collisions. ISEE uses cutting-edge sensor technologies and advanced algorithms to ensure that every movement is executed with precision and caution.

New Capacity: The American Trucking Association reports the US will be short 160 thousand truck drivers by the end of this decade. This ongoing workforce shortage is straining the supply chain and the economy. The autonomous yard trucks help provide additional driving capacity, and let facility managers rest easy knowing they don’t have to worry about filling driver shifts each day.

Seamless Integration: The autonomous truck yard seamlessly integrates with the existing Yard Management System, Warehouse Management System and facility operations with no additional infrastructure needed. The facility operator continues to use their systems to request material moves across the facility. ISEE’s system seamlessly dispatches autonomous yard trucks to fulfill those customer requests.

Workforce Development: As we embrace automation, ISEE remains committed to nurturing a skilled workforce. The deployment of the autonomous truck yard presents new opportunities for training and upskilling transportation workers to manage and maintain new systems, ensuring they can thrive in the evolving transportation landscape.

About ISEE

ISEE is an autonomous technology company that improves efficiency and safety with trucks designed to flexibly adapt to any environment and empower workers to thrive alongside automation. Founded in 2017, ISEE was developed out of AI research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 2023, ISEE won the SupplyTech Breakthrough Autonomous Truck of the Year. This groundbreaking solution is automating warehouse yards, depots, and shipping terminals to improve the supply chain by helping goods smoothly flow through logistics hubs. For more information, visit: www.isee.ai/.