Ike lines up fleet customers for driverless trucks

Autonomous trucking software developer Ike is partnering with three major logistics customers to deploy highly automated Level 4 trucks for highway driving, the startup said Tuesday.

Logistics providers Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), DHL, and NFI Industries will be among the first customers, Ike said in a press release announcing the multi-year “Powered by Ike” program. Other participants will be named later.

Ike’s vision is for automated trucks to drive on the highway. They would hand off loads to truckers ito move them to and from the interstate. Its approach simplifies automation by leaving street driving to skilled truckers. Ike cited a 2019 Yale University study of its approach. The study concluded automation could create 140,000 new local truck driving jobs by 2030.