The freight lane marks an expansion of the collaboration between Kodiak and Maersk, which began with their first autonomous freight deliveries together in November 2022. Kodiak has been delivering eight loads per week, with a safety driver behind the wheel, for Maersk customers since August.
Kodiak and Maersk are completing four round trips per week on a 24-hour-a-day, four-day-a-week basis between a Houston facility, where consumer products are loaded onto 53-foot trailers, to a distribution center in Oklahoma City.
"Teaming with Kodiak enables Maersk to stay at the forefront of innovative solutions," said Erez Agmoni, Maersk's global head of innovation - logistics & services. "Autonomous trucks will play an instrumental role in digitizing the supply chain. We expect self-driving trucks to ultimately become a competitive advantage for Maersk as we execute on our strategy to provide customers with a sustainable, end-to-end logistics solution across air, land and sea."
According to a statement from the two companies, Maersk and Kodiak will continue to explore future avenues for collaboration across Maersk's growing North American logistics network.