San Francisco-based autonomous truck Startup Embark Trucks is expanding to Texas. TThe Company is adding a local facility and will launch an autonomous trucking lane between Houston and San Antonio, the company said today.
The move accelerates the tech firm’s testing and go-to-market strategy and gives it access to the region’s trucking resources and expertise, company leaders said. Embark plans to begin hauling freight for its logistics industry partners between San Antonio and Houston as early as 2022, and is planning the commercial launch of its Embark Driver autonomous driving technology in 2024.
Texas is the center of America’s trucking industry, and it’s the perfect home for Embark’s expanded operations. We’re excited by the talent and entrepreneurial spirit that Houston has to offer.
The company also announced a partnership with Texas A&M University to support the expansion efforts. Embark will use a state-of-the-art test track on the school’s RELLIS campus for vehicle testing while also working closely with its Center for Autonomous Vehicles and Sensor Systems (CANVASS) and its mechanical engineering faculty.
Embark’s expansion into Texas also builds on several years of engagement with Texas state officials to share information on the development of autonomous trucks. Embark is a longstanding participant in the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Task Force, helping prepare the Texas transportation system to take advantage of autonomous vehicle technology.