San Francisco-based Starsky partnered with the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority to conduct tests on one of its reversible express lanes along the 15-mile electronic toll roadway.
“We are testing our safety architecture,” Stefan Seltz-Axmacher, chief executive and co-founder of Starsky Robotics, told FreightWaves. “What we are doing is basically telling our truck that some part of it is failing, so that we can measure and make sure our truck knows it’s failing and takes appropriate action.”
While this round of testing was conducted with a driver in the cab, Starsky completed a 7-mile driverless trip in Florida in February 2018.
Since 2017, Starsky has raised nearly $22 million to develop its technology that allows drivers to remotely pilot trucks from an office. The company’s eventual goal is to have unmanned semi-trucks on U.S. roadways with a truck driver operating the first and last mile of operation via remote control, Seltz-Axmacher said.