Kodiak just signed a deal to haul freight for IKEA in our self-driving trucks!

At Forbes, Ed Garsten has a great article situating this latest news in the context of Kodiak’s ever-expanding commercial business, hauling freight coast-to-coast. Kodiak has been on a roll.

One of the overlooked aspects of a big win like this is just how much it says about Kodiak’s ability to work with large multinational corporations. Companies like IKEA take their responsibilities to stakeholders — workers, communities, vendors — seriously. These companies typically have a deep set of partner requirements that new partners like Kodiak must meet. Kodiak’s ability to qualify to carry freight for IKEA speaks volumes about the robustness of our performance.

Originally published at http://davidsilver.blog on October 18, 2022.

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I just watched this terrific tech talk from Lucid Motors CEO Peter Rawlinson. He does a great job explaining both the basics of electric vehicle battery packs and also some of the tricks Lucid has turned in order to push the technology forward.

Rawlinson incorporates just enough basic physics to ground the explanations in reality. I really appreciated that he took time to explain different approaches to battery pack configuration, what the trade-offs were between approaches, and why Lucid took the approach they did.

Before joining Lucid in 2013, Rawlinson was the Vehicle Engineer on the Tesla Model S.

Frankly, the whole tech talk is worth a listen simply to hear Rawlinson, who is originally from Wales, say “foot garage.”

Originally published at http://davidsilver.blog on October 13, 2022.

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