New Project Could Lead To More Autonomous Freight Vehicles

Krystian Gebis did not have to keep his hands on the wheel when he operated a specially modified Peterbilt semi truck along a test track last month.

In a ghostly fashion, the steering wheel turned by itself.

Gebis, co-founder and chief executive of the Lisle, Ill., technology company Autobon AI, spent months testing the truck’s abilities to steer and brake on its own on the Chicagoland Speedway track in Joliet, Ill. And now the company is ready to try it in regular traffic on the Jane Addams Tollway.

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With the Illinois Tollway’s permission and cooperation, Autobon’s truck will be on the road starting Monday. A driver will be behind the wheel at all times, according to Gebis.