[[Waymo, like many self-driving companies, has shifted some of its focus to long-haul trucking, as autonomous vehicle experts say it’s much easier to drive on highways because there aren’t pedestrians, cyclists or crossing traffic.
Last week, Waymo announced a partnership with the trucking company JB Hunt to move goods between Houston and Fort Worth, Texas. Waymo has said it will do multiple runs over the coming weeks but hasn’t shared how many trucks will be involved. Waymo will have two workers on the truck, including one in the driver’s seat.
In 2018, Krafcik and Waymo struck a deal with Fiat Chrysler to add up to 62,000 Pacifica Hybrid minivans to Waymo’s fleet. But that fleet today, three years later, remains at only 700 vehicles.