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Long-range directional transport in cells is facilitated by microtubule-based motor proteins. One example is transported in a nerve cell, where small groups of motor proteins, such as kinesins and cytoplasmic dynein, work together to ensure the supply and clearance of cellular material along the axon. Defects in axonal transport have been linked to Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases. However, it is not known in detail how multi motor-based cargo transport is impaired if a fraction of the motors is defective.

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Autonomous Robots: The Future of Warehousing & Logistics

Article | July 8, 2022

Autonomous robots have transitioned from a futuristic system that only a few enterprises could afford to a sustainable, well-established solution in a wide assortment of warehouse automation projects in recent years. With the flourishing transportation and logistics industry and increasing e-commerce penetration worldwide, innovative technologies are revealing promising opportunities throughout the supply chain. Warehouse Automation: Driving Value in the Supply Chain Historically, autonomous robots have been used to perform tedious and repetitive tasks, necessitating sophisticated programming for setup and incorporation while lacking the dexterity to easily adjust operations. As autonomous robots become more intelligent, their setup times decrease, they need less monitoring, and they are able to work alongside their human counterparts. The benefits for the future supply chain are increasing as autonomous robots become more capable of working day and night with more consistent levels of productivity and quality and performing tasks that individuals should not, cannot, or do not want to do. Autonomous robots drive advancements and add value to the supply chain, primarily by increasing revenue potential and lowering direct and indirect operating costs. Autonomous robots, in particular, can assist: Boost efficiency and productivity. Lower risk, error frequency, and rework rates. Enhance employee safety in high-risk workplaces. Handle low-value, routine tasks so people can work together on strategic projects that can't be done by machines. Raise revenue by optimizing order fulfillment rates, and delivery speed, and, ultimately, increasing customer satisfaction. Sneak Peek into the Future of Autonomous Robot Autonomous robots are expected to witness strong growth in the coming years. These robots will become more common in the future supply chain as technology advances, allowing them to operate with more human-like abilities. Improvements in haptic sensors, for example, will enable these robots to grasp objects varying from multi-surfaced metal assembly parts to fragile eggshells without requiring changes to robotic components or programming. This will encourage companies operating in the industry to increase their research and development activities and introduce innovative and advanced supply chain technologies.

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Complexities Triggering Technological Advancement in Transport & Logistics

Article | June 29, 2022

Over the past decade, transportation and logistics have witnessed an immense transformation, from using automotive vehicles to drones and paper tags to advanced geotags. Also, the introduction of novel technologies and incorporation of innovative solutions such as artificial intelligence and blockchain has further reshaped the sector. How is Rising Complexity Triggering the Adoption of Novel Technologies? Today's supply chain is, in a word, complex. It has so many complexities, from ever-rising consumer expectations and disruptive events to globalized sourcing and omnichannel demand, that it is now being compared to a modern-day Gordian knot. With complexity comes ambiguity, particularly in the transportation and logistics industry. For instance, importers are expected to find cost-effective and efficient ways to transport goods from manufacturing facilities, which are frequently located halfway around the world, to distribution centers and then, ultimately, into the hands of consumers. In addition, e-commerce has further added to the complexity by introducing new channels into the jumble along with the introduction of same-day or next-day delivery standards with higher transparency and tracking features by leading players such as eBay, Walmart, and Amazon Here are a few prominent technologies assisting logistics companies to counter these complexities. Data Analytics Big data analytics aids in the more accurate and efficient planning of operational processes, services, and strategies, allowing businesses to align with emerging consumer needs. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning AI and Machine Learning have become the most sought-after tech in the transportation food chain. It assists businesses in enhancing operational functionality, boosting productivity and speed, designing optimal transit networks and routes, and improving safety through predictive risk calculation and elimination. The Internet of Things (IoT) With the rising need for transparency and tracking of shipped goods, IoT is garnering immense popularity across the transportation and logistics sector. It enables businesses to monitor and track their goods in real-time with the help of geo-tagging, RFID tags, and GPS, resulting in fewer delays in deliveries.

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Predicting the Future of the Logistics Industry

Article | August 3, 2022

Introduction From warehouse robots to delivery drones, the supply chain is experiencing a tremendous upheaval. AI promises a totally autonomous and self-organized future supply chain. A fleet of vehicles utilizing a swarm algorithm can enhance cargo yard throughput; a trusted peer-to-peer ledger on blockchain architecture could change compliance in the sector; and wearables, mobile robotics, and machine learning technologies could speed up order fulfilment. IOT e-brokerage solutions can link shops to couriers and transporters with a click. Tomorrow's supply chain will be leaner, quicker, and self-organized. A few innovative technologies will fuel this unparalleled rate of change over the next 15 years. Here are the major technologies that are shaping the future of the logistics industry. Logistics Technologies for the Future Shipment Tracking Systems Previously, customers ordered shipments, had an anticipated arrival date, and then were kept in the dark until they chose to call. Customers can now access shipping and tracking systems around-the-clock due to developments in the internet and software. This not only enhances the customer experience (cx), but it also saves the business time and money. Internet of Things (IoT) The IoT reduces costs and delays by minimizing hazards in the supply chain. Cabs, cargo ships, trains, etc., have sensors that link to an alarm system or dispatcher. These sensors analyze and communicate information to the crew, who learns about hidden threats. IoT isn't a new technology, but it continues to influence logistics by improving in-transit visibility and delivery. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) RFID technology has been used for a few years to monitor inventories labor-efficiently. A product tag or sensor produces radio waves. The company processes the data. RFID tags are similar to barcodes, but their faster information transport and data processing appeal to companies and the direction of technology. Many organizations use RFID tags to track containers in warehouses. Enhanced GPS Accuracy Almost everyone utilizes GPS on their vehicles or smartphones. These devices' accuracy has improved over time, assisting lost drivers and enhancing the supply chain. By monitoring truck locations and boosting hauls with current traffic data, GPS increases efficiency and customer satisfaction. Closing Lines Unprecedented times have produced unprecedented transformations that will last for generations. Changing demographics, technology improvements, and COVID-19 impacts are altering global supply networks. We must understand the driving factors and act on what we learn to adapt and rise to the situation. For the sake of our current workforce and future generations.

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Purchasing vs. Supply Chain Management software

Article | June 29, 2022

Purchasing software and supply chain management software are often mistaken for one another, but both have distinct functionalities. While purchasing software automates the procurement process, supply chain management software executes logistical transactions and manages supplier relationships. This report identifies the similarities and differences between the two software categories to help you understand which one is better suited to your needs. What is purchasing software? Purchasing software is an online tool that allows businesses to automate the process of procuring goods and services. It includes security compliance and reporting features. Purchasing solutions offer integrated tools for invoice approval, inventory control, asset management, customer service, and work order management. They help manage contracts, analyze spending, track sales deliveries, and monitor inventory levels. They also assist in identifying bottlenecks in the purchase process, such as functions that have high expenditure. Purchasing software offers invoice processing capabilities as well. Procurement professionals and accounting teams can use the tool to generate invoices, track invoice status, and monitor expenses via detailed reports. What is supply chain management software? Supply chain management software is a software platform that allows supply chain managers to automate the entire supply chain process—from acquiring raw materials to delivering the finished goods to consumers. The software provides tools for monitoring stock levels, including raw materials, and predicting future requirements based on the current inflow and outflow of inventory. Supply chain management tools manage material handling, order fulfillment, and information tracking for stakeholders such as manufacturers, suppliers, and transport and logistics providers. They also track the returns of damaged goods, process refunds and insurance claims, and provide planning and forecasting tools for supply chain professionals. What do they have in common? Purchasing is a crucial component of supply chain management. Together, these processes significantly contribute to an organization’s procurement cycle. Despite the functionality differences, both the software categories have a few features in common, including supplier management, order management, and forecasting. Which tool is right for you? The answer to this question depends on your use case. If you’re looking for a tool that majorly focuses on acquiring supplies, opt for a purchasing software solution, as it will help you streamline the procurement cycle, maintain purchase order accuracy, and monitor supplier activities. However, if you wish to manage your entire supply chain operations, including supplier, transportation, warehouse, and inventory management, then investing in a supply chain software solution would be the right choice.

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Montway Auto Transport Announces Enhanced Visibility of the Automotive Supply Chain with New Digital Platform

Montway Auto | August 02, 2022

The transportation and logistics industry has lagged in the digitalization trend that has modernized other industries. Moving vehicles through the supply chain relies on manual tasks and multiple platforms, offering dealers little sense of where in-transit vehicles are until they arrive at the lot or are checked in at auction. Montway Auto Transport, one of the nation's leading third-party logistics brokerages, launched the Montway Automation Portal (M.A.P.), a digital platform that improves efficiency for both shippers and carriers, enables visibility of inbound and outbound vehicles for better inventory management and helps control or reduce transportation costs. "The challenges keep mounting for dealerships, auctions, rental car companies and other businesses that rely on vehicle movements and our business customers want innovations to help them gain a competitive advantage,The Montway Automation Portal provides the transparency they need to better manage inventories and increase speed to consumers." -Mike Trudeau, Executive Vice President of Business Development at Montway Auto Transport. M.A.P. is built on industry-leading, proprietary technology that leverages market-based pricing and a streamlined transportation management system. Users can enter a VIN or multiple VINs into the portal to receive pricing, book orders and track units in real-time to complete delivery via a user-friendly dashboard. Additionally, M.A.P. offers public tracking links users can share with end customers, on-demand pricing and a centralized location for storing digital records (proof of delivery documents, BOLs, gate passes and photos). "Digitization is a proven way to transform businesses and auto transport is no exception. M.A.P. was designed to modernize and optimize auto transport from creating orders to providing tracking of units through to delivery,Shippers now have real-time access to their transportation data, allowing them to manage inventory as well as understand and control transportation expenses." -Kaye Ceille, President, Business Solutions Group at Montway Auto Transport. For 15 years, Montway has been providing transparency and trust to our customers. This is one more way we deliver for our automotive partners and their customers. To learn more about Montway Auto Transport and M.A.P., please visit www.montway.com and www.montway.com/map. About Montway Auto Transport     Founded in 2007, Montway Auto Transport has grown to be the nation's leading automotive transport company supporting vehicle transport to all 50 states including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as Europe – offering extended service hours, 365 days a year.   In addition to a retail division serving the privately-owned vehicle market, Montway has a business solutions sector focused on the automotive logistics needs of enterprises in sales, remarketing, manufacturing, moving and relocation, and finance. Montway Auto Transport sets the industry standard for innovative logistics technologies and customer service.

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Nolan Transportation Group and Flexport Launch Strategic Partnership

Nolan Transportation Group | July 29, 2022

Nolan Transportation Group (NTG), a part of Transportation Insight Holding Company (TI), and a leading provider of non-asset, tech-enabled logistics and brokerage solutions in North America, and Flexport, the platform for global logistics, announced a strategic partnership to integrate their technology for greater visibility across global supply chains. The partnership will offer technology-enabled solutions across all transportation modes, including Full Truckload (FTL), Less-Than-Truckload (LTL), Expedited, Drayage, and Final Mile. “Global importers are dealing with historic complexity and unpredictability, and are in need of simple, efficient solutions to keep their goods moving, This partnership creates a seamless experience for Flexport customers to manage their transportation operations. Together, we will give shippers the visibility, flexibility, and control they need to navigate these unsteady times from a single, integrated platform instead of having to use a mix of providers and solutions with different user interfaces.” -Geoff Kelley, president & COO of TI and NTG. The partnership will combine NTG’s and Flexport’s technology with operational expertise to offer customers visibility and control across their supply chains. NTG’s dedicated client services team will manage shipments and communicate with clients via Flexport’s all-encompassing trucking software, Transmission, ensuring a seamless shipping experience from end-to-end. Customers will be able to access over 80,000 carriers in NTG’s network, ensuring reliable volume and capacity amid market volatility. They will also gain access to NTG’s AI-powered technology and predictive analytics to streamline processes and make better-informed decisions as they navigate fast-changing markets. “We’re thrilled to partner with Nolan Transportation Group (NTG) to expand our end-to-end service offerings and provide a fully integrated, tech-enabled experience for Flexport clients. This partnership will offer greater visibility and control for global consignees, which is key for their success during such times of uncertainty, Flexport and NTG share a commitment to using technology to build a fully-digitized shipment lifecycle for the benefit of our customers, and we’re excited to collaborate with NTG towards this vision.” -Will Urban, Flexport Chief Revenue Officer This is the latest step towards Flexport and NTG’s shared vision: to enable a fully-digitized shipment lifecycle. As part of the joint product roadmap, NTG’s proprietary Beon™ Digital Logistics Platform will integrate directly with the Flexport Platform via API. Ultimately, clients will have a seamless shipping experience that includes rates and available capacity, load tendering and booking, load status updates, estimated delivery time, and shipper onboarding, all via the Flexport Platform. Businesses of all sizes, such as Serena & Lily, are already using the Flexport-NTG integration to mitigate supply chain challenges and better manage their warehouse receiving operations. “Flexport’s partnership, commitment to transparency, and quality providers help Serena & Lily transport goods throughout the US. Its innovative technology provides end-to-end visibility of our supply chain, which is critical to our success and growth,” said Jennifer Schwartz, Transportation Manager at Serena & Lily. “Flexport listens, delivers on promise and will go the extra mile to ensure customer success, as it did when the team introduced NTG to Serena & Lily to mitigate supply chain challenges like container backlogs at ports. NTG’s approach to flexibility has helped with receiving challenges and enabled Serena & Lily to control how and what products are delivered to the warehouse.” About Transportation Insight Holding Company Transportation Insight Holding Company (TI) is the combination of industry-leading logistics providers Transportation Insight and Nolan Transportation Group (NTG). TI brings over two decades of multi-modal expertise and technology to the logistics industry and ranks amongst North America’s largest logistics companies. TI services more than 14,000 shippers and over 80,000 carriers through its proprietary Beon™ digital logistics platform – a single point of access to TI’s mode-agnostic network and services from port-to-porch™. The TI services and digital product portfolio spans across North America, offering domestic freight and parcel transportation solutions, warehousing, data intelligence, and supply chain consulting. For more information visit: www.TIholdco.com. About Flexport We believe trade can move the human race forward. That’s why it’s our mission to make global trade easy for everyone. Flexport is the platform for global logistics — empowering buyers, sellers and their logistics partners with the technology and services to grow and innovate. Companies of all sizes — from emerging brands to Fortune 500s — used Flexport technology to move nearly $19B of merchandise across 112 countries in 2021.

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Pony.ai and SANY Establish Joint Venture to Develop Next Generation of Autonomous Trucks for Mass Production

Pony.ai | July 28, 2022

Pony.ai, a leading global autonomous driving technology company, announced a strategic joint venture with SANY Heavy Truck (SANY), a subsidiary of SANY Heavy Industry, China’s number one heavy equipment manufacturer and the third largest heavy equipment manufacturer globally.Pony.ai and SANY will collaborate to create a world-leading autonomous truck brand. The two companies will deeply integrate Pony.ai’s "virtual driver" with SANY's technical accumulation in the field of wire-controlled chassis and vehicle development to jointly develop high-end heavy trucks that are automotive-grade and have L4-class redundancies. These trucks will inaugurate the future of truck logistics transportation. The joint venture plans to start small-scale deliveries of the robotrucks in 2022 and 2023. Mass production of the L4 truck will commence in 2024 and within a few years will reach an annual production of around 10,000 trucks. The first prototype of the autonomous truck was built on SANY's new EV truck platform and has already conducted road testing. The JV’s autonomous truck product portfolio will include a mix of new energy vehicles (NEVs) and fuel-based, with the aim to increase the proportion of NEV trucks in the future. The addressable market for trucking is substantial; in 2021 alone, heavy truck sales in China exceeded 1.3 million units. Once mass production is achieved, the partners expect the penetration rate of L4 trucks in China’s heavy truck market to increase steadily. “SANY has industry-leading heavy truck manufacturing technology and is pioneering the architecture of ‘new energy’ heavy trucks, intelligent network connections, and other key areas, Integrating Pony.ai's core autonomous driving technologies with the capabilities of SANY enables our joint venture to create a successful intelligent truck and logistics ecosystem for L4 autonomous trucking.” -James Peng, Pony.ai’s co-founder and CEO This partnership between SANY and Pony.ai is the ultimate collaboration between truck ‘body’ and truck ‘brain’ and thus makes it possible to mass produce high-level autonomous trucks. This partnership, which features complementary strengths and competitive advantages, will advance autonomous trucking and logistics well into the future and will lead to a safer, more efficient, intelligent logistics system,” said Liang Linhe, Chairman of SANY Heavy Truck. Pony.ai has always been committed to developing autonomous driving software and hardware solutions in-house. In June, Pony.ai released its autonomous driving controller (ADC) designed for automotive-grade mass production. The ADC is built on the NVIDIA DRIVE Orin system-on-chip and will fully enable the trucks produced by the joint venture. “The establishment of this new venture between Pony.ai and SANY is a significant milestone for the trucking industry, Powered by NVIDIA DRIVE, this next-generation of new-energy autonomous trucks will enable the delivery of goods to address ever-growing e-commerce demands without compromising safety and reliability — while reducing the transportation industry’s dependence on fossil fuels.” -Rishi Dhall, vice president of Automotive, NVIDIA. Today’s partnership announcement follows on the heels of the recently formed Cyantron joint venture between Pony.ai and Sinotrans, which commenced operations in April and aims to enhance the digitalization and intelligence of the transportation process. Creating partnerships with the top companies in both trucking and logistics is key to Pony.ai’s robotruck “golden triangle” strategy. Pony.ai has core autonomous driving technology, which is the key to enabling logistics and future heavy truck manufacturing; logistics companies have accumulated extensive transport experience and a strong customer base, while heavy truck manufacturers have the technical expertise in vehicle development and manufacturing. Cementing relationships between leading global partners creates a powerful standard and framework for future development in the industry. Consumers worldwide will benefit from the development of commercial-scale L4 trucking, including more robust supply chains, lower costs for delivered goods, enhanced road safety, and significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions. According to Pony.ai’s robotruck operations experience, based on vehicle planning and control as well as route planning, autonomous trucks can save 10%-20% of energy compared with conventional trucks. In addition, with the gradual expansion of the JV’s new energy products, by 2030, the joint venture’s trucks will reduce CO2 emission by more than one million tons, equivalent to the CO2 absorbed by thousands of acres of forest. About Pony.ai Leading global autonomous driving technology company Pony.ai, Inc. (“Pony.ai”) is pursuing an ambitious vision for autonomous mobility. We aim to bring safe, sustainable, and accessible mobility to the entire world. We believe that autonomous technology can make our roads exponentially safer for travelers. Founded in late 2016, Pony.ai has been a pioneer in extending autonomous mobility technologies and services at a rapidly expanding footprint of sites around the world. Pony.ai has formed partnerships with leading OEMs, including Toyota, SANY, FAW Group, GAC Group, etc. To date, Pony.ai has accumulated 8.6 million autonomous testing and operation miles worldwide. About SANY Heavy Truck Established in 2018, SANY Heavy Truck (part of SANY Group) is a pioneer in the company’s digital and intelligent transformation. With SANY Group’s industry-leading R&D and manufacturing power, SANY Heavy Truck has launched fuel heavy trucks, electric heavy trucks, hydrogen energy heavy trucks, intelligent power exchange stations, and other industry-leading products. It ranked sixth in the tractor industry in 2020 and is the national sales champion for new energy heavy trucks in 2021 and the first half of 2022. In 2019, SANY and DEUTZ set up a joint venture to jointly develop and manufacture diesel engines; in early 2022, it signed a strategic cooperation with EVE and TELD to cooperate in new energy heavy trucks, power battery manufacturing and R&D, and battery gradient utilization. In 2022, SANY and Pony.ai will jointly carry out R&D, production, and sales of L4-level self-driving heavy trucks.

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Montway Auto Transport Announces Enhanced Visibility of the Automotive Supply Chain with New Digital Platform

Montway Auto | August 02, 2022

The transportation and logistics industry has lagged in the digitalization trend that has modernized other industries. Moving vehicles through the supply chain relies on manual tasks and multiple platforms, offering dealers little sense of where in-transit vehicles are until they arrive at the lot or are checked in at auction. Montway Auto Transport, one of the nation's leading third-party logistics brokerages, launched the Montway Automation Portal (M.A.P.), a digital platform that improves efficiency for both shippers and carriers, enables visibility of inbound and outbound vehicles for better inventory management and helps control or reduce transportation costs. "The challenges keep mounting for dealerships, auctions, rental car companies and other businesses that rely on vehicle movements and our business customers want innovations to help them gain a competitive advantage,The Montway Automation Portal provides the transparency they need to better manage inventories and increase speed to consumers." -Mike Trudeau, Executive Vice President of Business Development at Montway Auto Transport. M.A.P. is built on industry-leading, proprietary technology that leverages market-based pricing and a streamlined transportation management system. Users can enter a VIN or multiple VINs into the portal to receive pricing, book orders and track units in real-time to complete delivery via a user-friendly dashboard. Additionally, M.A.P. offers public tracking links users can share with end customers, on-demand pricing and a centralized location for storing digital records (proof of delivery documents, BOLs, gate passes and photos). "Digitization is a proven way to transform businesses and auto transport is no exception. M.A.P. was designed to modernize and optimize auto transport from creating orders to providing tracking of units through to delivery,Shippers now have real-time access to their transportation data, allowing them to manage inventory as well as understand and control transportation expenses." -Kaye Ceille, President, Business Solutions Group at Montway Auto Transport. For 15 years, Montway has been providing transparency and trust to our customers. This is one more way we deliver for our automotive partners and their customers. To learn more about Montway Auto Transport and M.A.P., please visit www.montway.com and www.montway.com/map. About Montway Auto Transport     Founded in 2007, Montway Auto Transport has grown to be the nation's leading automotive transport company supporting vehicle transport to all 50 states including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as Europe – offering extended service hours, 365 days a year.   In addition to a retail division serving the privately-owned vehicle market, Montway has a business solutions sector focused on the automotive logistics needs of enterprises in sales, remarketing, manufacturing, moving and relocation, and finance. Montway Auto Transport sets the industry standard for innovative logistics technologies and customer service.

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Nolan Transportation Group and Flexport Launch Strategic Partnership

Nolan Transportation Group | July 29, 2022

Nolan Transportation Group (NTG), a part of Transportation Insight Holding Company (TI), and a leading provider of non-asset, tech-enabled logistics and brokerage solutions in North America, and Flexport, the platform for global logistics, announced a strategic partnership to integrate their technology for greater visibility across global supply chains. The partnership will offer technology-enabled solutions across all transportation modes, including Full Truckload (FTL), Less-Than-Truckload (LTL), Expedited, Drayage, and Final Mile. “Global importers are dealing with historic complexity and unpredictability, and are in need of simple, efficient solutions to keep their goods moving, This partnership creates a seamless experience for Flexport customers to manage their transportation operations. Together, we will give shippers the visibility, flexibility, and control they need to navigate these unsteady times from a single, integrated platform instead of having to use a mix of providers and solutions with different user interfaces.” -Geoff Kelley, president & COO of TI and NTG. The partnership will combine NTG’s and Flexport’s technology with operational expertise to offer customers visibility and control across their supply chains. NTG’s dedicated client services team will manage shipments and communicate with clients via Flexport’s all-encompassing trucking software, Transmission, ensuring a seamless shipping experience from end-to-end. Customers will be able to access over 80,000 carriers in NTG’s network, ensuring reliable volume and capacity amid market volatility. They will also gain access to NTG’s AI-powered technology and predictive analytics to streamline processes and make better-informed decisions as they navigate fast-changing markets. “We’re thrilled to partner with Nolan Transportation Group (NTG) to expand our end-to-end service offerings and provide a fully integrated, tech-enabled experience for Flexport clients. This partnership will offer greater visibility and control for global consignees, which is key for their success during such times of uncertainty, Flexport and NTG share a commitment to using technology to build a fully-digitized shipment lifecycle for the benefit of our customers, and we’re excited to collaborate with NTG towards this vision.” -Will Urban, Flexport Chief Revenue Officer This is the latest step towards Flexport and NTG’s shared vision: to enable a fully-digitized shipment lifecycle. As part of the joint product roadmap, NTG’s proprietary Beon™ Digital Logistics Platform will integrate directly with the Flexport Platform via API. Ultimately, clients will have a seamless shipping experience that includes rates and available capacity, load tendering and booking, load status updates, estimated delivery time, and shipper onboarding, all via the Flexport Platform. Businesses of all sizes, such as Serena & Lily, are already using the Flexport-NTG integration to mitigate supply chain challenges and better manage their warehouse receiving operations. “Flexport’s partnership, commitment to transparency, and quality providers help Serena & Lily transport goods throughout the US. Its innovative technology provides end-to-end visibility of our supply chain, which is critical to our success and growth,” said Jennifer Schwartz, Transportation Manager at Serena & Lily. “Flexport listens, delivers on promise and will go the extra mile to ensure customer success, as it did when the team introduced NTG to Serena & Lily to mitigate supply chain challenges like container backlogs at ports. NTG’s approach to flexibility has helped with receiving challenges and enabled Serena & Lily to control how and what products are delivered to the warehouse.” About Transportation Insight Holding Company Transportation Insight Holding Company (TI) is the combination of industry-leading logistics providers Transportation Insight and Nolan Transportation Group (NTG). TI brings over two decades of multi-modal expertise and technology to the logistics industry and ranks amongst North America’s largest logistics companies. TI services more than 14,000 shippers and over 80,000 carriers through its proprietary Beon™ digital logistics platform – a single point of access to TI’s mode-agnostic network and services from port-to-porch™. The TI services and digital product portfolio spans across North America, offering domestic freight and parcel transportation solutions, warehousing, data intelligence, and supply chain consulting. For more information visit: www.TIholdco.com. About Flexport We believe trade can move the human race forward. That’s why it’s our mission to make global trade easy for everyone. Flexport is the platform for global logistics — empowering buyers, sellers and their logistics partners with the technology and services to grow and innovate. Companies of all sizes — from emerging brands to Fortune 500s — used Flexport technology to move nearly $19B of merchandise across 112 countries in 2021.

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Pony.ai and SANY Establish Joint Venture to Develop Next Generation of Autonomous Trucks for Mass Production

Pony.ai | July 28, 2022

Pony.ai, a leading global autonomous driving technology company, announced a strategic joint venture with SANY Heavy Truck (SANY), a subsidiary of SANY Heavy Industry, China’s number one heavy equipment manufacturer and the third largest heavy equipment manufacturer globally.Pony.ai and SANY will collaborate to create a world-leading autonomous truck brand. The two companies will deeply integrate Pony.ai’s "virtual driver" with SANY's technical accumulation in the field of wire-controlled chassis and vehicle development to jointly develop high-end heavy trucks that are automotive-grade and have L4-class redundancies. These trucks will inaugurate the future of truck logistics transportation. The joint venture plans to start small-scale deliveries of the robotrucks in 2022 and 2023. Mass production of the L4 truck will commence in 2024 and within a few years will reach an annual production of around 10,000 trucks. The first prototype of the autonomous truck was built on SANY's new EV truck platform and has already conducted road testing. The JV’s autonomous truck product portfolio will include a mix of new energy vehicles (NEVs) and fuel-based, with the aim to increase the proportion of NEV trucks in the future. The addressable market for trucking is substantial; in 2021 alone, heavy truck sales in China exceeded 1.3 million units. Once mass production is achieved, the partners expect the penetration rate of L4 trucks in China’s heavy truck market to increase steadily. “SANY has industry-leading heavy truck manufacturing technology and is pioneering the architecture of ‘new energy’ heavy trucks, intelligent network connections, and other key areas, Integrating Pony.ai's core autonomous driving technologies with the capabilities of SANY enables our joint venture to create a successful intelligent truck and logistics ecosystem for L4 autonomous trucking.” -James Peng, Pony.ai’s co-founder and CEO This partnership between SANY and Pony.ai is the ultimate collaboration between truck ‘body’ and truck ‘brain’ and thus makes it possible to mass produce high-level autonomous trucks. This partnership, which features complementary strengths and competitive advantages, will advance autonomous trucking and logistics well into the future and will lead to a safer, more efficient, intelligent logistics system,” said Liang Linhe, Chairman of SANY Heavy Truck. Pony.ai has always been committed to developing autonomous driving software and hardware solutions in-house. In June, Pony.ai released its autonomous driving controller (ADC) designed for automotive-grade mass production. The ADC is built on the NVIDIA DRIVE Orin system-on-chip and will fully enable the trucks produced by the joint venture. “The establishment of this new venture between Pony.ai and SANY is a significant milestone for the trucking industry, Powered by NVIDIA DRIVE, this next-generation of new-energy autonomous trucks will enable the delivery of goods to address ever-growing e-commerce demands without compromising safety and reliability — while reducing the transportation industry’s dependence on fossil fuels.” -Rishi Dhall, vice president of Automotive, NVIDIA. Today’s partnership announcement follows on the heels of the recently formed Cyantron joint venture between Pony.ai and Sinotrans, which commenced operations in April and aims to enhance the digitalization and intelligence of the transportation process. Creating partnerships with the top companies in both trucking and logistics is key to Pony.ai’s robotruck “golden triangle” strategy. Pony.ai has core autonomous driving technology, which is the key to enabling logistics and future heavy truck manufacturing; logistics companies have accumulated extensive transport experience and a strong customer base, while heavy truck manufacturers have the technical expertise in vehicle development and manufacturing. Cementing relationships between leading global partners creates a powerful standard and framework for future development in the industry. Consumers worldwide will benefit from the development of commercial-scale L4 trucking, including more robust supply chains, lower costs for delivered goods, enhanced road safety, and significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions. According to Pony.ai’s robotruck operations experience, based on vehicle planning and control as well as route planning, autonomous trucks can save 10%-20% of energy compared with conventional trucks. In addition, with the gradual expansion of the JV’s new energy products, by 2030, the joint venture’s trucks will reduce CO2 emission by more than one million tons, equivalent to the CO2 absorbed by thousands of acres of forest. About Pony.ai Leading global autonomous driving technology company Pony.ai, Inc. (“Pony.ai”) is pursuing an ambitious vision for autonomous mobility. We aim to bring safe, sustainable, and accessible mobility to the entire world. We believe that autonomous technology can make our roads exponentially safer for travelers. Founded in late 2016, Pony.ai has been a pioneer in extending autonomous mobility technologies and services at a rapidly expanding footprint of sites around the world. Pony.ai has formed partnerships with leading OEMs, including Toyota, SANY, FAW Group, GAC Group, etc. To date, Pony.ai has accumulated 8.6 million autonomous testing and operation miles worldwide. About SANY Heavy Truck Established in 2018, SANY Heavy Truck (part of SANY Group) is a pioneer in the company’s digital and intelligent transformation. With SANY Group’s industry-leading R&D and manufacturing power, SANY Heavy Truck has launched fuel heavy trucks, electric heavy trucks, hydrogen energy heavy trucks, intelligent power exchange stations, and other industry-leading products. It ranked sixth in the tractor industry in 2020 and is the national sales champion for new energy heavy trucks in 2021 and the first half of 2022. In 2019, SANY and DEUTZ set up a joint venture to jointly develop and manufacture diesel engines; in early 2022, it signed a strategic cooperation with EVE and TELD to cooperate in new energy heavy trucks, power battery manufacturing and R&D, and battery gradient utilization. In 2022, SANY and Pony.ai will jointly carry out R&D, production, and sales of L4-level self-driving heavy trucks.

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