Penske Truck Leasing will serve as the truck maintenance service provider for Torc Robotic's autonomous test fleet.
This agreement is part of Torc's ongoing commercialization of autonomous trucks for long-haul applications.
"Our objective is to integrate our trucks into the existing freight industry, and we are confident that a current industry leader, like Penske, will provide crucial support in doing just that,” Torc founder and CEO Michael Fleming said.
Torc recently announced the Torc Autonomous Advisory Council in support of its goal to be the first scalable, profitable, commercialized Level 4 truck solution. Penske Truck Leasing, along with key freight industry leaders, will provide strategic guidance to Torc as it integrates with the freight network and tackles challenges beyond highway driving.
Another major full-service truck leasing company, Ryder, is also involved in agreements to provide maintenance for autonomous truck.
Last year, Ryder announced it would serve as the transfer point operator for Embark Trucks’ autonomous fleet network; its fleet maintenance facilities would serve as terminals in TuSimple’s autonomous; and it would provide fleet maintenance, inspections and roadside assistance for all Waymo Via hubs.