The test run will use Waymo Via, an autonomous Class eight trucking unit powered by the Waymo Driver, to haul freight between Houston and Fort Worth.
'This will be one of the first opportunities for JB Hunt to receive data and feedback on customer freight moved with a Class 8 tractor operating at this level of autonomy,' said JB Hunt vice president Craig Harper.
'While we believe there will be a need for highly skilled, professional drivers for many years to come, it is important for JB Hunt as an industry leader to be involved early in the development of advanced autonomous technologies and driving systems to ensure that their implementation will improve efficiency while enhancing safety,' said Mr Harper.
JB Hunt and Waymo Via will be exploring how autonomous driving technology can be combined across fleets and improve safety and efficiency.
Said head of commercialisation Charlie Jatt: 'We're thrilled to collaborate with JB Hunt as we advance and commercialise the Waymo Driver. Our teams share an innovative and safety-first mindset as well as a deep appreciation for the potential benefits of autonomous driving technology in trucking. Its companies and relationships like these that will make this technology a commercial reality in the coming years.'