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.
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.
SOFTWARE AND TECHNOLOGY
Jetstack | May 18, 2022
Jetstack, a Venafi company and leader in cloud native, open source and strategic consulting services, announced the availability of an easy-to-use, interactive and comprehensive toolkit for securing modern software supply chains. The visual, web-based resource is available to everyone and is designed to help organizations evaluate and plan the crucial steps they need to tackle effective software supply chain security. Software supply chain security has become an increasingly critical issue for all organizations.
After the attack against Solar Winds at the end of 2020 that affected over 1800 companies, software supply chain attacks increased over 300 percent in 2021.Most organizations now understand the urgency and importance of improving the security of the software they consume and produce, said Matthew Bates, chief technology officer for Jetstack.
The problem is that it's very challenging to identify and prioritize the changes that need to be made whilst also managing the competing priorities of their development and security communities. It's very difficult to figure out how to continually improve development velocity and reduce time to deployment while, at the same time, improve control, visibility and security. Our toolkit helps development and security teams quickly figure out where to start by identifying the difficulty and impact connected to specific security controls.
The Software Supply Chain toolkit consolidates advice and recommendations from multiple frameworks and whitepapers that each provide comprehensive guidance for software supply chain security including:
CNCF ‘Software Supply Chain Best Practices’ whitepaper
The Linux Foundation SLSA (Supply-chain Levels for Software Artifacts)
NIST Guidance on Executive Order 14028 Improving Software Supply Chain Security
Venafi blueprint for building secure software development pipelines
The interactive toolkit presents the guidance from these frameworks broken down into four key areas: build pipelines, source code, provenance and deployment. Recommendations from each section include insights on priority and complexity along with links to the original open source toolsets that can help with that specific recommendation.
“Software supply chain attacks target a whole range of vulnerabilities at different points in the software life cycle, Solving these challenges requires going through a whole range of controls that go well beyond a software bill of materials (SBOMs), which is just one of the 54 recommendations. The Software Supply Chain toolkit is a new type of collaboration with the open source community designed to help the industry develop proactive and preventative solutions that are purpose built for existing and emerging development processes.”
-Steve Judd, senior solutions architect for Jetstack and the developer of the toolkit
Visit https://jetstack.io/software-supply-chain/ to view the toolkit.
Jetstack, a Venafi company, is a cloud native products and strategic consulting company working with enterprises using Kubernetes and OpenShift. Venafi is the cybersecurity market leader and innovator of machine identity management.
An open source pioneer, Jetstack has achieved notable industry recognition as the creator of cert-manager which is the open source industry standard for cloud native machine identity management. Jetstack’s open source products and solutions protect the application environments and platform infrastructure of global banks, multinational retailing companies and defense organizations.
Venafi and Jetstack are pioneers of enterprise machine identity security, and Jetstack provides enterprise platform and security teams the power to build, scale and secure their cloud native infrastructure for advanced developer automation, workload security and application innovation.
Unique Logistics International, Inc. | June 17, 2022
Unique Logistics International, Inc. (OTCMKTS: UNQL) ("Unique" or the "Company"), a global logistics and freight forwarding company, announced a 12-month ocean freight contract with The Kroger Company (NYSE: KR), a new customer for the Company.
Under the terms of the agreement, the Company will serve as an ocean transport and logistics provider for The Kroger Company from the Asia-Pacific region to North America through April 2023.
"This is an exciting new partnership for Unique Logistics. Kroger is a leading name in supermarket retail with over $137 billion in annual sales, 45 distribution centers, and 2,726 supermarkets & multi-department stores. The company has been operating for over 100 years and its unique logistics needs include fresh and non-perishable food, fuel and prescription medication, Serving the retail industry is our Company's strength and our team looks forward to working with Kroger to solve problems and provide innovative solutions to strengthen Kroger's supply chain performance."
-Sunandan Ray, Chief Executive Officer of Unique Logistics
ABOUT UNIQUE LOGISTICS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Unique Logistics International, Inc. (OTCMKTS: UNQL) through its wholly owned operating subsidiaries, is a global logistics and freight forwarding company providing a range of international logistics services that enable its customers to outsource to the Company sections of their supply chain process. The services provided are seamlessly managed by its network of trained employees and integrated information systems. We enable our customers to share data regarding their international vendors and purchase orders with us, execute the flow of goods and information under their operating instructions, provide visibility to the flow of goods from factory to distribution center or store and when required, update their inventory records. SOURCE Unique Logistics International, Inc.