Ryder System, a company specializing in supply chain, dedicated transportation and fleet management solutions, and Kodiak Robotics, an autonomous trucking company, will leverage Ryder’s service network in a new partnership to enable the commercialization and scaling of Kodiak’s autonomous truck solution.

Together, the companies have already established their first truckport at an existing Ryder fleet maintenance facility in Houston, TX. The truckport, which opened in December, enables Kodiak to launch and land autonomous trucks, while transferring freight to serve routes between Houston, Dallas, and Oklahoma City.

While the collaboration will initially focus on the establishment of Kodiak’s Houston facility, the companies are also looking to leverage Ryder’s service network to support additional truckport operations and provide on-site technician and maintenance services.

Today, Kodiak’s autonomous trucks operate all their routes with safety drivers at the wheel, including its Houston-Dallas and Houston-Oklahoma City routes. The autonomous trucking company plans to introduce its first driverless operations along its Dallas-Houston route later this year, using the Ryder facility as a launch point.