Embotech hires former Daimler team to automate yard logistics

Swiss startup Embotech has hired the entire team from AXYARD, a team within the Daimler spin-off 1886Ventures specialising in automated on-site logistics with driverless trucks. This enables Embotech to offer logistics automation solutions with autonomous vehicles for operation in logistics yards, ports and airports.

Embotech provides of autonomous driving systems for private grounds, with focus on logistics and mining applications. Its L4 automated driving system can plan and execute highly complex and dynamic maneuvers, which makes it ideal for driving around dynamic obstacles, tight spaces, and in mixed traffic. Embotech is currently putting such a system into serial production for car OEM factory logistics.

The Zurich based startup has hired the entire AXYARD team. AXYARD is a dedicated initiative within 1886Ventures, the technology group for sustainable and digital industry innovation and new venture building. Spun-off from Daimler in 2020, it was originally born at the heart of Daimler in 2007 as their innovation department. The AXYARD team started 2019 also as an innovation project for Daimler AG using Mercedes-Benz trucks.

AXYARD is specialized in automated on-site logistics with driverless vehicles and started in 2017 as an innovation project for Daimler AG using Mercedes-Benz trucks. With demonstrated experience in the yard logistics domain, AXYARD brings knowledge in the implementation of productive systems for automated logistics, deep insights in the customer use cases, strong project management skills and an existing customer base.  

“The AXYARD team brings several years of experience in yard logistics automation including the deployment of a fleet of 7 autonomous trucks that are in operations in southern Germany since mid-2020. We have created a new business unit at Embotech which combines yard logistics knowhow from the AXYARD team with world-class autonomous driving software from Embotech to offer customers complete Transportation-as-a-Service (TaaS) solutions. We are thoroughly excited about the potential of these solutions in the European and global yard logistics automation markets”, Andreas Kyrtatos, CEO of Embotech.

With the integration of the AXYARD team, Embotech offers end-to-end logistics automation solutions to customers from a dedicated new business unit for logistics automation. The infrastructure-assisted autonomous driving solution is based on fully electric vehicles and developed specifically for operation in logistics yards, ports and airports.

(Press release / RAN)