TuSimple Completes Test With USPS, Hopes To Deliver Pink Slips To Truckers Next Year
San Diego, California – Recently, autonomous truck company, TuSimple, successfully completed a two-week test delivering mail along a 1,000 mile route from Phoenix to Dallas for the United States Postal Service (USPS).
According to multiple published reports, TuSimple representatives report all deliveries were made ahead of schedule and without any traffic incidents.
The trucks had a safety engineer and driver on board for each of the five round trip runs between the Postal Service’s Phoenix, Arizona and Dallas, Texas distribution centers.
TuSimple ran its self-driving trucks for 22 hours each, which included overnight driving along the Interstate 10, 20, and 30 corridors to make the trip through Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
The freight that flows along the I-10 corridor accounts for 60 percent of the total economic activity in the United States, so TuSimple expects this to be a central route for the company.
“It is exciting to think that before many people will ride in a robo-taxi, their mail and packages may be carried in a self-driving truck,” said Dr. Xiaodi Hou, Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer, TuSimple.
“Performing for the USPS on this pilot in this particular commercial corridor gives us specific use cases to help us validate our system, and expedite the technological development and commercialization progress.”
Though USPS officials have not commented on the completion of the test, before its commencement a USPS representative said, “This pilot is just one of many ways the Postal Service is innovating and investing in its future. We are conducting research and testing as part of our efforts to operate a future class of vehicles which will incorporate new technology to accommodate a diverse mail mix, enhance safety, improve service, reduce emissions, and produce operational savings.”
TuSimple believes long-haul routes with short turnaround times, such as this 22-hour journey, are well suited for self-driving trucks.
The company has stated its goal is to begin replacing professional commercial truck drivers by next year.
It’s zeroing in on team truckers first.
Read more about how TuSimple plans to accomplish this by clicking HERE.