Gatik announced that it would collaborate with Cummins Inc. to facilitate the integration of Gatik's autonomous driving system with Cummins’ advanced powertrain solution in Gatik’s fleet of medium-duty trucks.
Gatik is a provider of autonomous middle-mile logistics. Cummins delivers powertrain solutions that provide enhanced performance and fuel economy through hardware and software integration. In 2021, the company launched the world’s first fully driverless commercial delivery service with Walmart.
Under the collaboration, Cummins will utilize its suite of software features to integrate its powertrain solution to enable drive-by-wire (DbW) for Gatik’s industry-first medium-duty (Class 6) Isuzu FTR fleet with the Cummins B6.7 engine.
“As we commercialize our product offerings at scale across North America, ensuring that we integrate our technology with the world’s leading Tier 1 companies is critical to meeting intensifying demand for our solution safely and quickly,” said Arjun Narang, CTO and co-founder, Gatik. “Cummins’ technological leadership in developing the world’s leading powertrains for over 100 years and deep commitment to developing customer-centric solutions for the future of logistics mean the tangible benefits of our work together will be felt immediately across our customer base.”
The integration of Gatik’s commercial-grade autonomous technology with Cummins’ powertrain increases functional safety. It also enhances reliability of the autonomous system, according to the company, while improving fuel efficiency and offering superior vehicle performance on Gatik’s short-haul, B2B delivery routes. Cummins will work closely with Gatik’s engineering team to provide additional technical expertise.
“Cummins is excited to integrate its powertrain solution with Gatik’s automated driving system,” said Michael Taylor, General Manager Global Powertrain Integration, Cummins Inc. “Cummins powers nearly every type of application globally, so integrating our powertrain with automated driving systems like Gatik’s will allow our customers to choose the newest technologies to meet their needs.”
This announcement comes on the heels of rapid commercial and technical progress at Gatik. Gatik has one of the largest commercially deployed autonomous fleets in North America, operating for Fortune 500 customers across multiple markets, including Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Ontario, Canada. In March 2022, the company announced a collaboration with ChargePoint to develop infrastructure for medium-duty trucks.
In the past 12 months, Gatik announced its industry-first partnership with Isuzu to implement OEM-grade redundancies for medium-duty trucks, collaboration with Goodyear to equip its fleet with tire intelligence technology to improve stopping distances and monitor tire pressure in real-time for enhanced safety, and a partnership with Ryder to leverage Ryder’s national leasing, servicing and fleet maintenance expertise.
Gatik’s collaboration with Cummins represents a key component of Gatik’s platform-agnostic commercialization strategy, enabling Gatik to seamlessly integrate its autonomous driving system with multiple OEMs, and across a range of vehicle platforms powered by Cummins, further refining a safe, unique, and efficient autonomous solution for the commercial middle mile market.
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