Kodiak Robotics shows what happens when a robotic truck explodes in a tire

Kodiak Robotics shows what happens when a robotic truck explodes in a tire

It’s one of those situations where one might wince while expecting, “Oh, this can’t end well.” To demonstrate the effectiveness of Kodiak Driver’s autonomous technology in self-driving commercial trucks, Kodiak robots I decided to see what would happen if the tires exploded.

It is an important issue because commercial trucks are prone to tire blowouts which can lead to accidents due to long driving, heavy weight and heat build-up according to Federal report.

Mountain View, California recently held a test at a demonstration ground in West Texas where a Class 8 tractor of a Kodiak self-driving truck towing a trailer ran over a tester that punches the driver’s side front tire during autonomous operation. In the end, the tire blew and the truck came to a stop and that was it. You can watch the full test in the video below.

Don Burnett, founder and CEO of Kodiak Robotics, said in a statement. “We cannot control the risks that trucks will face on the open road, but we can control the trucks’ behavior when a critical situation occurs. By demonstrating that a Kodiak driver can maintain complete control under such duress, we are showing the world how safe this technology is designed to be.” on him “.

The secret behind the success of the test is what the company calls it “retreat” technology. Working in tandem with the Kodiak Driver Fallback would guide the truck to a safe stop in the event of a catastrophic failure, such as a tire blowout.

“There are more than 1,000 gauges that the truck is constantly monitoring multiple times per second. If anything becomes abnormal, if there is any diagnosis that leads to it, the backup system will run and be safely able to safely park the truck on the side of the road, this system can request Remote assistance from our remote operations.” Forbes.com when Fallback was introduced last May.

In the case of this tire blowout test, Fallback turned on the hazard lights and parked the truck inside the driveway. If a tire blows out in a real environment, the truck will automatically carry out its backup plan, usually towing it to a safe roadside stop, according to Kodiak.

Founded in 2018, Kodiak is in a period of rapid expansion, expanding its coverage area, especially in the southeastern United States. Since mid-2019, Kodiak has been delivering freight between Dallas, Texas and Houston and between Dallas and San Antonio since 2021.

CEVA Logistics announced last March that it had partnered with Kodiak to independently deliver shipments to Austin, Texas and Oklahoma City from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In April, Kodiak announced a deal with US Xpress to deliver standalone shipments from Dallas-Fort Worth to Atlanta, Ga.

Just last August, Kodiak and the nation’s largest leading travel hub operator announced a “strategic agreement” to develop services for self-driving trucks at the Pilot and Flying J travel hubs. The first such truck port to be built at a pilot center near Atlanta.

That same month, Kodiak began a three-month pilot program that runs daily from an IKEA furniture distribution center in Baytown, Texas, near Houston, to an IKEA retailer approximately 300 miles away in Frisco, north of Dallas.

While on the highways, Kodiak trucks operate autonomously. The driver is in charge on the shallow streets and when the need arises.

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