Don Burnette

Co-Founder & CEO @ Kodiak Robotics

Kodiak was founded in 2018 by Don Burnette and Paz Eshel to redefine long-haul trucking using safe and reliable autonomous technology.

Between growing e-commerce and a strong economy, demand for trucking is on the rise. The trucking industry faces major problems: a shortage of drivers, difficult working conditions, and extremely high turnover. According to the American Trucking Association, the industry faced a shortage of 51,000 commercial truck drivers at the end of 2017.

Long-haul trucking is primed for autonomous technology. Highway driving is more structured and predictable than urban driving. This means there are fewer decisions for drivers to make and a better fit for autonomous vehicles.

We believe that autonomous trucks will play a major role in filling the gap while improving safety, enhancing truck driver quality of life, increasing efficiency, reducing congestion and emissions and creating jobs across the economy.

As industry veterans with more than a decade of experience putting autonomous cars on the road, we are excited to be at the forefront of the coming self-driving truck revolution.

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