A lot of the recent buzz around autonomous trucking technology has focused on long-haul and heavy-duty tractors moving freight between distribution points hundreds of miles away. Autonomous startup Gatik, however, is focusing on medium-duty box trucks and the middle mile—on and off highways.
Like other AV companies, Gatik is setting up a presence in regulatory-friendly Texas with a new autonomous trucking facility in Fort Worth. The Palo Alto, California-based transportation technology company announced a new autonomous hub in Texas along with news that it raised $85 million in Series B funding, led by Koch Disruptive Technologies (KDT). That money will help Gatik scale its fleet of Classes 3-6 self-driving box trucks.