Targetting autonomous middle mile logistics, Goodyear and Gatik have announced a collaboration with the specific goal of advancing the development of mobility solutions for the autonomous B2B short-haul logistics industry. In a deal spanning the following years, there will be a push for safer, sustainable goods movement while reducing costs for Gatik’s B2B short-haul customers worldwide.
A Partnership Spanning North America
Gatik has the unique distinction of being the originators of the autonomous middle mile logistics network in North America, rapidly expanding its fleet of Class 3-6 autonomous box trucks for customers in multiple markets spanning Ontario to Texas. Over their years of operation. Goodyear, under its capital fund Goodyear Ventures took note of Gatik’s business operations and recently participated in Gatik’s Series B funding.
The plan is for the companies to work on a variety of innovative projects. Gatik’s medium-duty fleet will equip its fleet with Goodyear SightLine tyres, powered by tyre intelligent technology and intelligence solutions. This will allow Gatik’s fleet to improve stopping distances in autonomous commercial vehicles and monitor tyre pressure in real-time for enhanced safety and reduced wear. As Gatik commercialises its operations at scale, the use of tyre intelligence solutions is expected to help reduce fuel and maintenance costs while increasing operational efficiencies for retailers, e-commerce companies and distributors employing Gatik’s autonomous solution.
A Partnership Aimed to Improve Efficiency on the Road
“By leveraging our advanced tyre intelligence solutions, Goodyear can help improve vehicle performance and safety in autonomous transportation,” said Chris Helsel, Goodyear’s senior vice president, global operations and chief technology officer. “Together, Goodyear and Gatik will combine our innovative technologies to help bring more efficiency in the increasingly important middle mile segment.”
“The benefits of Goodyear’s tyre intelligence technology are grounded in enhancing safety, increasing efficiency and reducing costs – principles which are fundamental to Gatik’s mission and success,” said Arjun Narang, CTO and co-founder, Gatik. “This collaboration will enable us to further increase the value we offer our customers across the continent and help define new standards in safety and sustainability for the B2B short-haul sector.”
Concluding the start of the collaboration, Abhijit Ganguly, managing director, Goodyear Ventures said: “Gatik’s mission to deliver goods safely and efficiently using autonomous vehicles aligns with our investment strategy, making them a great addition to our portfolio, which already includes key autonomous delivery players in the long-haul and last-mile delivery markets.”
He underlined the partnership by saying, “We believe this investment is a strong strategic fit for Goodyear as we seek to learn more about the implications of autonomous technologies in middle mile delivery and logistics.”