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FedEx Partners With Self-Driving Car Startup Aurora in Texas

  • Aurora-equipped Paccar trucks to drive 500-mile round trips
  • Shipments to start this week between Dallas and Houston
Aurora Paccar long-haul truck
Aurora Paccar long-haul truckSource: Aurora
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Aurora Innovation Inc. will help move cargo for FedEx Corp. in a pilot project in Texas that uses the startup’s technology in a self-driving Paccar Inc. truck. The arrangement marks FedEx’s first trial of autonomous driving.

The vehicles will carry several loads a week for FedEx between Dallas and Houston, with a safety driver behind the wheel and a co-pilot in the passenger seat. The trucks will make the 500-mile (about 800 kilometers) round trips along the Interstate Highway 45 corridor, the companies said Wednesday.