At the Manifest technology showcase, ISEE, a pioneer in autonomous vehicle innovation, introduced its groundbreaking, AI-enhanced trailer auto-coupling system designed for autonomous yard trucks. This patent-pending technology sets a new industry standard by enabling trailers to be automatically coupled, including the attachment of air lines, without requiring any modifications or external devices. ISEE’s advancement promises to significantly boost safety and operational efficiency for its clients.
The core of this revolutionary system is a six-axis robotic arm fitted to the autonomous yard truck’s rear. It employs advanced AI to accurately locate and connect to the trailer’s air connectors—essential for controlling the service and emergency brakes. Considering the variability in the placement and design of these connectors, known as gladhands, across different trailers, ISEE’s AI system leverages data from over 10,000 operational maneuvers at client sites to achieve precise, autonomous connections without human intervention.
By automating this process, the risk associated with manual coupling tasks—highlighted by reports from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics noting nearly 30% of trucking industry injuries result from slips and falls—is drastically reduced. This development not only enhances safety but also streamlines management by removing the need for manual engagement with the air lines.
ISEE’s CEO, Yibiao Zhao, emphasizes the role of generative AI models in this technology, stating, “Our latest AI-Powered Trailer Auto-Coupling Technology leverages generative AI models for data augmentation and feature generation.” This approach ensures the system’s adaptability and effectiveness across a wide range of connector types and environmental conditions, showcasing a level of precision and flexibility comparable to human dexterity.
The introduction of this AI-powered solution complements ISEE’s existing auto-coupling technology, which utilizes a standard adapter for trailer connectors. This previous solution remains an option for clients with controlled fleet operations, offering a level of automation tailored to their specific needs.
Founded in 2017 and rooted in AI research from MIT, ISEE stands at the forefront of autonomous technology, focusing on enhancing efficiency and safety in trucking. Recognized with the SupplyTech Breakthrough Autonomous Truck of the Year award in 2023, ISEE continues to innovate within the supply chain sector, driving forward the automation of warehouse yards, depots, and shipping terminals to streamline operations and reduce costs.