Transportation logistics company Gatik announced today that it is working with motor vehicle engineering company Cummins Inc. to upgrade its fleet of autonomous medium duty trucks. Under the collaboration, Cummins will use its software to integrate its power train system to enable drive-by-wire for Gatik’s 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 power trains 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,” Narang added.
Columbus, Ind.-based Cummins said it delivers power train solutions that provide leading performance and fuel economy through the integration of hardware and software. Mountain View, Calif.-based Gatik claims to be a market leader in autonomous middle-mile logistics and in 2021 launched a fully driverless commercial delivery service with Walmat. It has raised $121.6 million since its founding in 2017, according to Crunchbase.
Cummins software to be used on Gatik’s Isuzu FTR fleet
The plan is that the integration will increase the reliability and functionality of the trucks' autonomous system while at the same improving fuel efficiency. The trucks will be used to carry out orders in Gatik's short-haul, B2B delivery routes.
“Cummins is excited to integrate its power train solution with Gatik’s automated driving system,” said Michael Taylor, general manager global power train integration, Cummins. “Cummins powers nearly every type of application globally, so integrating our power train with automated driving systems like Gatik’s will allow our customers to choose the newest technologies to meet their needs.”
A year of partnerships for Gatik
Gatik said it 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 partnership with Isuzu to implement OEM-grade redundancies for medium-duty trucks, a 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 said the collaboration with Cummins represents a key component of its platform-agnostic commercialization strategy. It argued that it enables it to integrate its autonomous driving system with multiple OEMs, and across a range of vehicle platforms powered by Cummins.