SAN FRANCISCO, May 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Board Trucks, Inc. (EMBK, “Embark”), a leading developer of autonomous technologies for the trucking industry, today announced successful on-road testing in snowy conditions in Montana. The tests, which embark announced earlier this year, was conducted to demonstrate the performance and safety of Embark’s patent-pending Vision Map Fusion (VMF) technology in geographic areas subject to severe winter conditions. Test results demonstrate that in approximately 90% of trips in the snowy conditions under study – which could cause delays for HD map-based autonomous driving systems – VMF should operate successfully, or pause and resume the travel within delivery windows acceptable to shippers.
Beginning in February, the company’s testing in Montana used Embark-equipped trucks traveling a 60-mile round trip on public roads between Clinton and Missoula, Montana, in varying winter weather conditions. In addition to on-road testing, Embark has developed a comprehensive weather model using over 8 billion historical weather data points – dating back over 10 years on all major US roads – to analyze the impact of snow on routes across the United States.
Weather testing and analysis shows significant technical and commercial promise: Embark’s testing and performance review indicated that the VMF operated within tolerances for safe operation in snowfall rates up to a sixth of an inch per hour and with 1 inch of snow on the road for 3 years. hours, conditions that cover the vast majority of snowy weather according to Embark’s analysis. The favorable test results represent a significant milestone in the development of autonomous trucking technology, as well as a major achievement for Embark made possible by VMF. Embark plans to continue studying the impact of snow conditions on other elements of the Embark Pilot.
By combining these performance results with historical weather patterns and typical shipper delivery times, Embark was able to estimate expected delivery performance. On the northern routes – those that start or end outside the Sunbelt – historical data shows that around 1 in 5 tracks will experience snowy conditions. Embark estimates that its VMF system will operate within delivery windows acceptable to shippers approximately 90% of the time on such routes. Embark will seek to refine these initial findings over time through additional modeling and partner information to account for associated considerations such as ice formation, sleet and high winds.
Embark’s proprietary, patent-pending VMF technology has enabled this advancement by going beyond lidar-centric mapping and tracking solutions. By relying heavily on the camera-based detection modality in snowy conditions, while understanding and accounting for degraded states of lidar returns and map conditions, VMF is able to fill in the gaps and mitigate the uncertainty created by snow accumulation on the roadway, unlocking critical shipping lanes and increasing availability beyond the Sunbelt where inclement weather can impede operations.
Embark plans to expand its industry-leading self-driving capabilities and continue its national expansion north after Sunbelt’s planned Phase I rollout in 2024. Throughout this testing process, the company has worked with a number of partners to better understand the impacts of bad weather on trucks. availability and dispatch, gaining a deep appreciation for the harsh driving conditions truck drivers routinely face during American winters.
“When we set out to develop our self-driving truck solutions, we envisioned creating a system that could operate safely across America in all kinds of road conditions, expanding our reach to serve areas of the country that could be limited by snow or bad weather. weather,” said Alex Rodrigues, CEO of Embark. “As we continue to focus on our existing time to market, validating our VMF technology for use in northern states and regions that regularly experience seasonal snowy weather will prepare us for long-term deployments and growth. , and will help us provide the most flexible solution possible for our carrier partners.
About Embark Trucks, Inc.
Embark Trucks, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nasdaq-listed Embark Technology, Inc. (EMBK), is an autonomous vehicle company that builds the software powering autonomous trucks, focused on improving safety , efficiency and sustainability of the nearly $730 billion a year trucking market. Based in San Francisco, Calif., since its inception in 2016, Embark is America’s longest running self-driving truck program and partners with some of the nation’s largest shippers and carriers.
Embark’s mission is to realize a world where consumers pay less for the things they need, drivers stay close to the homes they love, and roads are safer for the people we love. To learn more about Embark, visit embarktrucks.com.
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