SAN FRANCISCO, April 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Embark, a
leading developer of autonomous technology for the trucking
industry, launches its Partner Development Program with Werner
Enterprises, Mesilla Valley Transportation, and Bison Transport.
The program brings Embark and leading carriers together to work on
autonomous trucking technology that will improve speed and
reliability for customers, as well as safety and work-flexibility
for professional truck drivers.
Through this program, Embark aims to refine and scale the
software and support services necessary to enable carriers to own
and operate Embark-equipped OEM trucks on select US freight lanes.
At the core of Embark's product offering to carriers is the Embark
Driver, a per-mile software license that can safely navigate a
carrier-owned, Embark-equipped OEM truck from its origin to
destination. In addition, Embark will provide carriers an
autonomous fleet management solution, Embark Guardian, that
provides remote vehicle monitoring, dispatching, and access to
real-time data such as weather and construction. Together, Embark
Driver and Embark Guardian will enable carriers to deploy and
manage a fleet of autonomous trucks within their existing
"Embark's commitment to having carriers purchase and operate our
autonomous trucks, while Embark provides a software subscription
and support services, is a win-win because it leverages the
logistical expertise of the carrier, allows the technology to scale
more quickly through existing shipper-carrier relationships and
enables Embark to focus on delivering a safe and reliable
autonomous truck," said Alex
Rodrigues, Chief Executive Officer, and co-founder at
Embark. "The learnings Embark has gained from hundreds of hauls
with shippers and carriers over the years has helped us shape this
new business model, and we are excited to announce it today."
As part of the program, carriers will work alongside Embark to
test and refine various facets of the overall operating model,
including remote vehicle monitoring, vehicle maintenance
procedures, teleoperations, AV dispatching rules, and transfer hub
logistics. Werner Enterprises, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Bison
Transport, and other leading carriers bring a nationwide network
for testing and decades of operational, regulatory, and safety
"While Werner has always been a first mover in the
transportation industry, we continue to invest in new technology
and solutions that enrich the experience for drivers, shippers, and
carriers, while optimizing the entire ecosystem," says Werner's
Vice Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Derek Leathers. "By working with Embark, we
amplify the voice of our drivers and our customers, allowing them
to be an important part of the conversation around the innovation
that impacts the future of our industry."
AB InBev and several other F500 shippers from across key
industry verticals, who together spend billions on freight
annually, have also joined the Embark Partner Development Program
to provide an end-customer voice and advise on the integration and
scaling of autonomous trucks within their supply chain
In addition to preparing carriers to operate autonomous trucks,
the program is engaging OEMs, real estate developers, and
maintenance providers to coordinate the set of products and
services carriers will need to operate a nationwide network of
autonomous freight lanes.
As the Embark Partner Development Program progresses, Embark
aims to bring on additional carriers, shippers, and freight
ecosystem partners to bolster learnings and provide additional
Embark, a San
Francisco-based developer of self-driving trucks, is working
to build a future where roads are safer, drivers work closer to
their homes and families, and goods move faster and are cheaper.
Embark is working with the world's leading shippers and carriers to
bring this vision to life through a unique model that combines the
consistency of automation for long-haul, on-highway routes, with
human adaptability for off-highway, short-haul driving. Embark was
founded in 2016 and is backed by leading investors including Tiger
Global, Sequoia Capital, DCVC, and Y Combinator.
Werner Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq: WERN) delivers superior truckload
transportation and logistics services to customers across
the United States, Mexico and Canada. With 2020 revenues of $2.4 billion, an industry-leading modern truck
and trailer fleet, nearly 13,000 talented associates and our
innovative Werner Edge technology,
we are an essential solutions provider for customers who value the
integrity of their supply chain and require safe and exceptional
on-time service. Werner provides Dedicated and One-Way Truckload
services as well as Logistics services that include truckload
brokerage, freight management, intermodal, and final mile. As an
industry leader, Werner is deeply committed to promoting
sustainability and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion.
About Bison Transport
Bison is a Winnipeg-headquartered transportation company
established in 1969 by Duncan M.
Jessiman which has grown to become one of Canada's largest trucking companies with over
3,700 employees and contractors operating a fleet of 2,100 tractors
and 6,000 trailers throughout North
America. Together with its affiliated companies, H.O.
Wolding, Searcy Trucking, and Britton Transport, Bison services a
wide variety of multinational, national, and local customers
offering full truckload service, full-service logistics, dedicated
fleet operations, yard management, and warehousing and
distribution. Bison has also been regularly recognized as
North America's safest fleet.
About Mesilla Valley Transportation
Transportation, based in Las Cruces, New
Mexico, is a dry freight carrier specializing in time
sensitive service between manufacturing centers. The company fields
a fleet of more than 1,500 trucks and 5,000 trailers. For more
information, visit www.m-v-t.com.
About Anheuser Busch InBev
Anheuser-Busch InBev is a
publicly traded company based in Leuven, Belgium, with secondary listings on the
Mexico and South Africa stock exchanges and with American
Depositary Receipts on the New York Stock Exchange. Our Dream is to
bring people together for a better world. Beer, the original social
network, has been bringing people together for thousands of years.
We are committed to building great brands that stand the test of
time and to brewing the best beers using the finest natural
ingredients. Our diverse portfolio of well over 500 beer brands
includes global brands Budweiser®, Corona® and Stella Artois®;
multi-country brands Beck's®, Hoegaarden®, Leffe® and Michelob
Ultra®; and local champions such as Aguila®, Antarctica®, Bud
Light®, Brahma®, Cass®, Castle®, Castle Lite®, Cristal®, Harbin®,
Jupiler®, Modelo Especial®, Quilmes®, Victoria®, Sedrin®, and
Skol®. Our brewing heritage dates back more than 600 years,
spanning continents and generations. From our European roots at the
Den Hoorn brewery in Leuven, Belgium. To the pioneering spirit of the
Anheuser & Co brewery in St.
Louis, US. To the creation of the Castle Brewery in
South Africa during the
Johannesburg gold rush. To
Bohemia, the first brewery in Brazil. Geographically diversified with a
balanced exposure to developed and developing markets, we leverage
the collective strengths of approximately 170,000 employees based
in nearly 50 countries worldwide. For 2019, AB InBev's reported
revenue was 52.3 billion USD
(excluding JVs and associates).
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