Swedish tech company Einride announced that they’ve created a new type of truck driver job as they begin operations within the United States.
In a major announcement on Wednesday, November 3, Einride said that they’d created a “a new type of job” within the freight industry and hired “the world’s first remote trucker.”
Einride says that the remote truck driver’s job will entail the control of multiple “pods” in real time from a central location.
“In contrast to conventional trucking, remote operation will be safer, involve more regular hours, and provide a more hospitable work environment,” Einride said.
The company said that the identity of the “remote trucker” or “Einride Pod Operator” would be revealed at an event later in the year.
Check out the video below to get a better idea of how the Pod Operator job might work.
Einride also unveiled new models of their driverless vehicles, including a a U.S. specific version of the Einride Pod and the new Flatbed Pod. The U.S. Einride Pod will be equipped with highly automated level 4 self-driving technology “but will be better adapted for U.S. roads and conditions.”
The Flatbed Pod was built to transport shipping containers “to make the transition between sea and road freight seamless.”
Einride says that they are committed to adding 2000 new jobs in their first five years of operation in the U.S.
“The innovative spirit of the U.S. is the standard by which all others are measured, and the American transportation market is the biggest in the world,” said Robert Falck, founder, and CEO of Einride. “The U.S. freight market is one of the most competitive and to be an industry leader you need to play in this league. We have the technology and solution to bring the biggest change in the freight industry since the adoption of the diesel truck 100 years ago.”
Einride has plans to set up headquarters in New York, with regional offices in Austin, San Francisco, and in the South East.