Amazon rolling out its own tractor trailer cabs

Amazon is introducing its own branded truck tractors, Business Insider reports.

  • The company first introduced branded trailers (the larger part of a tractor trailer that actually holds the cargo) in 2015.
  • Now, it has contracted with Volvo and Kenworth to manufacturer the tractor part — the thing that actually pulls the trailer and houses the driver.
  • The tractor cabs aren’t equipped with sleeping space for overnight hauls, indicating they will likely need to be used for runs 400 miles or shorter.
  • Analysts, meanwhile, say the move could be a sign that the company is looking to become a full fledged cargo trucking company.
  • Amazon already owns or operates dozens of cargo planes, 10,000 trailers, ocean freighters and thousands of delivery vans.
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