TuSimple, a San Diego-based startup, announced today that its self-driving trucks will begin transporting mail between USPS facilities in Phoenix and Dallas to see how autonomous technology might improve delivery times and costs. However, there will be a safety driver behind the wheel to intervene if necessary and an engineer will ride in the passenger seat. If this test is successful, it would mark an achievement for the autonomous driving industry and a possible solution to the driver shortage and regulatory constraints faced by freight haulers across the country. This The pilot program will consist of five round trips, each totaling more than 2,100 miles or around 45 hours of driving. Read more for another video and additional information.
“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. 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,” said Dr. Xiaodi Hou, president of TuSimple.