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Isuzu invests $45 million to develop autonomous driving logistics side

Isuzu’s massive global investment will see it partner with an autonomous logistics company to develop new autonomous trucking models and businesses

Isuzu Motors has announced a groundbreaking investment to enhance the development of its North American autonomous driving business.

Isuzu will invest roughly $45 million in autonomous logistics company Gatik, creating a strong partnership between the two companies in the pursuit of realising mobility services based on level four autonomous driving.

The agreement between the two businesses is focused on developing middle mile autonomous driving, including the design and development of a new chassis that ensures safety when equipped with an autonomous driving system.

Last month, Isuzu’s mid-term business plan saw the manufacturer commit to establishing three new business pillars focused on autonomous driving solutions, connected services and carbon neutral solutions.

To develop autonomous driving solutions, Isuzu’s partnership with Gatik will see it aim to launch a level four autonomous commercial vehicle business in 2027.

Gatik currently uses classes three to seven autonomous driving trucks to deliver autonomous middle mile logistics services in North America, with Gatik particularly focused on this service for larger companies.

With current autonomous trucks deployed in Texas and Arkansas in the US, as well as Ontario in Canada, Isuzu’s new partner will bring autonomous logistics experience.

Isuzu says the advanced technology will also allow it to actively address pressing industry issues like the worsening driver shortage.

“As part of our April 2024 mid-term business plan announcement, we are committed to establishing three pillars of new business for the future: autonomous driving solutions, connected services, and carbon neutral solutions,” Isuzu executive officer Hiroshi Sato says.

“As part of our efforts to develop autonomous driving solutions, we’re delighted to be expanding our relationship with Gatik to be operation ready in 2027.”

Gatik co-founder and CEO Gautam Narang says the partnership comes after Gatik first launched the world’s first fully driverless commercial transport service in 2021 courtesy of a Fortune 500 retailer.

“We are thrilled to be once again achieving an industry-first milestone by working with our partner Isuzu towards mass production of SAE Level 4 autonomous trucks,” Narang says.

“This partnership, coupled with Isuzu’s investment in Gatik, signals the company’s confidence in our technology and our world-class team, and we’re excited to bring autonomous transportation to the market at significant scale in the coming years.”

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