Feb 28, 2022
The Kodiak Story with Don
Burnette and Joe Lynch discuss
the Kodiak story. Don is the Co-Founder & CEO of Kodiak Robotics, a company that is
building the trucking industry’s most advanced self-driving
About Don Burnette
Burnette is the Co-Founder & CEO of Kodiak Robotics. Don is one of the
autonomous vehicle industry’s true pioneers, with more than ten
years experience working on self-driving software development. He
began his career as a software tech lead for the Google
self-driving car project, the predecessor to Waymo. After over five
years at Google, Don left the company to co-found Otto, the first
self-driving truck startup, which was acquired by Uber. After
nearly two years as Software Technical Lead at Uber, Don left to
co-found Kodiak. Don earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and
Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Physics from the University of
Florida. He also earned a Master’s degree in Robotics from Carnegie
About Kodiak Robotics
Kodiak Robotics was founded in
2018 to develop autonomous technology that carries freight
forward—so people, partners, and the planet thrive. Kodiak is
building and operating self-driving trucks designed to operate on
highway routes, making the freight industry safer and more
efficient. Kodiak has developed the industry's most advanced
technology stack purpose-built specifically for long-haul trucks.
Kodiak delivers freight daily for its customers between Dallas-Fort
Worth and Houston, operating autonomously on the highway portion of
the route, and also provides service between Dallas-Fort Worth and
Austin and Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio.
Key Takeaways: The Kodiak Story
Burnette is the Co-Founder and CEO of Kodiak Robotics, developer of the trucking
industry’s most advanced self-driving technology.
- In the podcast interview, Don and Joe discuss Kodiak
Robotics and Don’s entrepreneurial journey.
- The Kodiak Driver is an industry-leading self-driving
technology stack, purpose-built for driverless trucks and
- Kodiak self-driving vehicles deliver significant cost savings
while enabling increased asset utilization and revenue
- Exempt from hours-of-service regulations, self-driving trucks
will be able to move goods nearly 24/7, delivering freight faster
than ever before.
- The Kodiak Driver never speeds, gets distracted or drowsy, and
always delivers reliably, safely, and on time, every time.
- Self-driving technology is the solution for fleets facing
capacity constraints due to driver shortages and turnover while
also reducing recruitment, training, and retention costs.
- Kodiak currently delivers freight daily for its customers
between Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and Houston, operating
autonomously on the highway portion of the route.
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