- New self-driving startup Waabi’s autonomous technology for trucks is ready to hit the roads for testing, founder Raquel Urtasun told Transport Dive in an interview.
- The startup unveiled its Waabi Driver autonomous system earlier this month, with the hope to eventually remove both the safety driver and engineer from the truck cab.
- “Waabi is the player that is really a very differentiated technology that is much more scalable, safer and flexible,” Urtasun said, contrasting the technology with other autonomous systems that she dubbed the “previous generation.”
In an increasingly crowded AV truck market, Waabi is hoping to set itself apart from competitors with what Urtusan says is superior simulation testing.
“Self-driving trucks, they don't learn when they actually are on the road,” she said, whereas simulations can make learning continuous.
Waabi’s virtual simulations expose its system to a variety of unique scenarios, helping the technology to learn from each interaction, Urtusan said. The AV system automatically learns from data, instead of requiring manual code adjustments, according to a company blog post.
The Waabi Driver product is designed for installation into trucks on the factory floor. Urtusan said the company is not giving a timeline for when the fully autonomous system will be ready to run without a safety driver.
Waabi’s system debut comes as competitors mark new technology milestones. Earlier this month, Kodiak touted its autonomous technology’s ability to maintain control of the truck during a tire blowout.