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In the news

June 17, 2021
The supply chain is disrupted. Automatic electric yard trucks would help fix that
Andrew Smith discusses how the automation of electric yard trucks dramatically increase the sustainability of the supply chain and improve the agility and reliability of its movement of goods.  READ MORE
April 30, 2021
Automation is the Epicenter of Supply Chain Resilience
Historically under-invested and the connection point between warehouses and over-the-road trucking, distribution yards are the ideal next place for autonomous systems. READ MORE
April 27, 2021
Outrider CEO: ‘Yard of the future’ is autonomous and electric
Autonomous electric vehicles (EVs) in the yard reduce emissions and improve efficiency. READ MORE
December 29, 2020
Disrupt yourself or the market will
KDT President Chase Koch and Outrider CEO and Founder Andrew Smith discuss automation, partnerships, and the power of the Koch network for principled entrepreneurship. READ MORE
December 01, 2020
Meet The Startup That Has Raised $118 Million to Automate Critical Distribution Yards.
Roughly 10 billion tons of freight moves through US distribution yards each year. "Everything you wear, eat, or build with passes through one of these yards," says CEO Andrew Smith. READ MORE
October 29, 2020
Outrider raises $65 million as it looks to accelerate deployment of autonomous operations
Andrew Smith, Founder and CEO of Outrider, explains the problems in the supply chain that his company is helping solve. READ MORE

Press releases

April 08, 2021
Outrider and Rite-Hite partner to accelerate the adoption of yard automation
Outrider to ensure seamless links between warehouses and over-the-road trucks Outrider, the pioneer in autonomous yard operations for logistics hubs, today announced a ... READ MORE
October 28, 2020
Outrider raises $65 million in Series B financing round
Funding to accelerate deployment of autonomous yard operations Outrider, the pioneer in autonomous yard operations for logistics hubs, today announced it closed $65 ... READ MORE
October 20, 2020
Outrider recognized by Gartner in the "Cool Vendors in Supply Chain Execution Technologies” report
Outrider automates distribution yard operations, enables resilient supply chain   Outrider, the pioneer in autonomous yard operations for logistics hubs, today announced that it ... READ MORE
February 19, 2020
Outrider launches with $53M in funding to automate distribution yards
First company to bring automation outside the warehouse door Emerging from two years of stealth-mode operation, Outrider today announced it has raised $53 ... READ MORE

What we’re all about:


Outrider helps enterprises improve the safety, efficiency, and sustainability of their yard operations through automation.


Outrider automates all aspects of yard operations using an integrated system of management software, autonomous vehicles, and site infrastructure.


By combining autonomy with electric yard trucks, Outrider helps drive the rapid adoption of sustainable freight transportation.

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Tons of freight estimated to pass through yards



Days trucks spend in yards



Employee turnover rate



Metric tons of CO2 emitted by yard trucks

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Outrider yard automation moves trailers to and from loading docks and parking spots.

Multiple Outrider autonomous vehicles work in concert to perform the tasks in distribution center yards.

Outrider delivers a three-part integrated system for automating yard operations.

Outrider yard automation helps drive the adoption of sustainable freight transportation by using electric yard truck platforms.

Vision-based robotics connect and disconnect brake lines between yard trucks and trailers.

Outrider dispatches autonomous vehicles to execute yard operations.

Management software is integral to executing Outrider’s 3-part autonomous system.

The Outrider System keeps employees and over-the-road truck drivers out of harm’s way.

Outrider is exclusively focused on automating all aspects of yard operations.


Outrider executes end-to-end autonomous yard operations.