Outrider Opens Test Site for Distribution Yard Automation
Pioneer in autonomous yard operations for logistics hubs Outrider announced the opening of the Outrider Advanced Testing Facility, the first-ever test site dedicated to distribution yard automation technologies. Located in Brighton, Colorado, this 200,000-square-foot distribution yard with 49 dock doors operates 16 hours per day, five days per week and will expand to 24-hour operation in 2022. This test facility is being used to validate Outrider’s autonomous capabilities, supporting the scaling of deployments at customer sites.
Distribution yards are a critical link in the supply chain where goods are transitioned from warehouses or production facilities to the open road. Yet, these yards are filled with repetitive, manual tasks oftentimes performed in inhospitable conditions. Accelerated by today’s strains on the global supply chain, logistics-dependent enterprises are urgently looking to automation to increase the efficiency and improve the safety of these yards.
Outrider is working with nine large enterprise customers in logistics-heavy industries, such as consumer packaged goods (CPG), retail and e-commerce, manufacturing, package shipping, and intermodal rail. Outrider outgrew its initial test facility in Golden, Colorado, and needed a larger industrial space to support the company’s rapid growth.
Inside the facility, Outrider uses the 152,000-square-foot warehouse space to assemble its Outrider System, which includes converting electric yard trucks into Level 4 autonomous vehicles operating on its proprietary software. Outrider’s headquarters will remain in Golden, Colorado.