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Gatik and Cummins partner on next-generation autonomous fleet

Gatik’s autonomous driving system is being combined with Cummins’ advanced powertrain solution

US autonomous middle mile logistics company Gatik is collaborating with Cummins to incorporate its advanced powertrain solution into Gatik’s fleet of medium-duty trucks. IN 2021, Gatik launched the world’s first fully driverless commercial delivery service with Walmart.

Under the collaboration, Cummins will utilise its suite of advanced 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.

The integration of Gatik’s commercial-grade autonomous technology with Cummins’ powertrain increases functional safety and enhances reliability of the autonomous system, 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.

“As we commercialise 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,” says Gatik CTO and co-founder Arjun Narang.

“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.

“Cummins is excited to integrate its powertrain solution with Gatik’s automated driving system,” says Cummins general manager Global Powertrain Integration Michael Taylor.

“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 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 tyre intelligence technology to improve stopping distances and monitor tyre pressure in real time for enhanced safety, and a strategic partnership with Ryder to leverage Ryder’s national leasing, servicing and fleet maintenance expertise.

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