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Another $55 million in the war chest for two-year-old autonomous trucking startup

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An autonomous trucking company called TuSimple announced it has raised $55 million in a Series C round.


Self-driving trucks begin mail delivery test for U.S. Postal Service - Reuters

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San Diego-based startup TuSimple said its self-driving trucks will begin hauling mail between USPS facilities in Phoenix and Dallas to see how the nascent technology might improve delivery times and costs. A safety driver will sit behind the wheel to intervene if necessary and an engineer will ride in the passenger seat. If 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. The pilot program involves five round trips, each totaling more than 2,100 miles (3,380 km) or around 45 hours of driving. It is unclear whether self-driving mail delivery will continue after the two-week pilot.


TuSimple expands self-driving trucks to Europe with Traton partnership

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Autonomous truck startup TuSimple today announced a strategic agreement with the Traton Group, a Munch, Germany-based Volkswagen Group subsidiary. As a part of it, TuSimple plans to launch a development program to operate an autonomous hub-to-hub route between Södertälje to Jönköping in Sweden using Scania trucks manufactured by Traton. As for Traton, the company says it has taken a minority stake in TuSimple and will work with the startup to develop driverless systems for Traton-branded trucks, with the goal of testing self-driving truck fleets on roads throughout Sweden, Germany, and other European countries. Some experts predict the coronavirus outbreak will hasten the adoption of autonomous delivery solutions like TuSimple's. A study published by CarGurus found that 39% of people won't use manually driven ride-sharing services post-pandemic for fear of insufficient sanitation.


Chinese Port Goes Full Robot With Autonomous Trucks and Cranes

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By the end of 2018, something will be very different about the harbor area in the northern Chinese city of Caofeidian. If you were to visit, the whirring cranes and tractors driving containers to and fro would be the only things in sight. Caofeidian is set to become the world's first fully autonomous harbor by the end of the year. The US-Chinese startup TuSimple, a specialist in developing self-driving trucks, will replace human-driven terminal tractor-trucks with 20 self-driving models. A separate company handles crane automation, and a central control system will coordinate the movements of both.


For Robot Trucks, Navigating Highways Is Just One Bump in the Road

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For TuSimple, it was a perfectly-executed maneuver, one the company has practiced repeatedly under mostly ideal conditions on a familiar route. Days before and hundreds of miles away in Cupertino, Calif., a self-driving PlusAI Corp. big rig undertook an even more ambitious operation, merging onto Interstate 280 and into the crush of Bay Area rush hour, and motored on its own cautiously down the clogged highway. The maneuvers on public roads, both short demonstration runs with no commercial cargo on board, show the potential of a technology that has drawn billions of dollars of investment. But they also show how far it has to go before it can operate safely without a human at the wheel, allowing semi trucks to haul themselves over busy interstate highways, through gnarly weather and routes lined with construction. Most startups are pushing to achieve what is known as Level 4 automation, meaning the vehicle is capable of performing all driving functions under certain conditions.