Truck fleet operator Ryder Process Inc. and Gatik claimed on Tuesday they will build a nationwide U.S. autonomous shorter-haul, “center-mile” logistics community for Gatik, a Silicon Valley self-driving startup, to deliver goods to company shoppers.

Ryder’s corporate undertaking money arm RyderVentures has also invested in Gatik’s most recent funding spherical of $eighty five million that was declared in August.

Gatik performs with Walmart Inc. and Loblaw Corporations Ltd. to deliver goods to retail stores from warehouses utilizing autonomous trucks with security motorists — nevertheless in Arkansas it is now working some driverless deliveries. 

As section of the partnership, Gatik will lease a fleet of medium-responsibility trucks from Ryder – to begin with all over 20 motor vehicles in the Dallas place.

Gatik will increase its autonomous driving systems to these trucks, which will transportation goods to retail locations from achievement centers, or “dim stores” — distribution centers catering to e-commerce company.

Ryder will also company and preserve Gatik’s leased trucks.

“The importance and relevance of this partnership is that it allows us to broaden our footprint nationwide,” Gatik CEO Gautam Narang explained to Reuters.