Locomation vehicles are self-driving trucks equipped with sensors, computers, and a steering system that allows them to drive as a convoy, following a human-driven leader vehicle. By doing so, they can go much longer distances without having to stop. Drivers take turns leading the convoy or resting in the sleeper berth, reducing labor costs and fuel consumption.
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Locomation trucks helped deliver supplies for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Locomation was founded by five former engineers from Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center. At CMU they had worked on advanced robotics and artificial intelligence projects, contributing to Mars Rovers for NASA and autonomous vehicle systems for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Federal Highway Administration, and mining and agricultural companies. In 2018, they left to start Locomation, with the goal of advancing autonomous truck technology, and in particular autonomous truck convoys. Locomation shut down in February 2023.