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Einride hires operators for their autonomous truck network in Europe, US

SWEDEN-BASED remotely operated autonomous trucking and transportation company Einride is launching a hiring programme for their first remote drivers in Sweden this month and in the US in the third quarter

11 March 2020 - 19:00

SWEDEN-BASED remotely operated autonomous trucking and transportation company Einride is launching a hiring programme for their first remote drivers in Sweden this month and in the US in the third quarter.

'They [operators] don't need to sleep in a vehicle,' CEO Robert Falck told New York's FreightWaves. 'They can work in an office environment and then go home.' The job will pay more than a traditional truck driver position and comes with other lifestyle benefits, according to Mr Falck.



Founded in 2016, Einride has carved out a niche in the autonomous trucking sector with its 'T-Pod' trucks that use electric propulsion and don't have a cab or driver.



Instead, a remote operator can take control of the vehicle when the driving conditions require human intervention, such as backing up in a complex environment or making a difficult left turn.



The company doesn't sell its trucks but instead hauls freight as a service. It is currently ferrying goods between warehouses for six Fortune 500 and 15 other customers in Sweden, among them Axfood, one of Sweden's largest food retailers, and logistics provider DB Schenker.



Under the remote operator programme, the new hires will participate in a structured rollout plan that includes a nine-month training, research and development phase. The operators will be former truck drivers.



With regards to where the company would deploy its trucks, Mr said that 50 pods would be in service by year-end in both Europe and the US.


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