Autonomous truck starter TuSimple today announced a strategic agreement with the German Volkswagen Group subsidiary Traton Group in Munich. As part of it, TuSimple plans to launch a development program to manage an autonomous route between the center and the center between Södertälje and Jönköping in Sweden, using Scania trucks manufactured by Traton. As for Traton, the company says it has a minority stake in TuSimple and will work with the start-up to develop Traton-branded driverless truck systems to test self-propelled truck fleets in all of Sweden, Germany and other countries. European countries.
Some experts predict an outbreak of coronavirus will occur speed up adoption stand-alone delivery solutions such as TuSimple. A study published by CarGurus found that 39% of people will not use manual sharing services after a pandemic because they feared poor sanitation. Despite the public fears about self-propelled cars and their need for regular disinfection, they promise to reduce the risk of the spread of disease by automatically limiting contact between driver and driver.
Traton, whose CEO warned a few months ago of the company’s investment in autonomous driving delays on the pandemic, sees autonomous trucks increasing capacity utilization and expects the first deployments to be served in specially marked areas on routes between the center. Traton thinks this will form the basis for more complex driving scenarios in the future.
TuSimple Class 8 semi-trailers can carry loads in excess of 33,000 pounds and are classified as level 4 according to guidelines developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers. This means that they can fully autonomize on controlled (and often geographically fenced) highways and local streets. Unlike self-driving perception platforms such as Uber and Waymo, the TuSimple system is definitely forward-looking. Using an eight-camera array and other sensors, it can detect cars, pedestrians and other obstacles within 1,000 meters.
Further development of TuSimple follows its disclosure cooperation with Navistar and autonomous truck network remia UPS. In partnership with UPS, Penske, US Xpress and McLane Company, TuSimple plans to create an autonomous truck ecosystem complemented by digitally linked maps, strategically placed terminals and a tracking system called TuSimple Connect. A similar deployment in Asia will happen if all goes well. There, as here, companies will pay TuSimple for shipping goods on their behalf.
TuSimple already operates autonomously on seven different routes between Phoenix, Tucson, El Paso and Dallas, and plans to open a shipping terminal in Dallas in line with its freight network plans. TuSimple, which is said to be seeking $ 250 million in new funding, has recently expanded its pilot freight program with UPS to 20 flights per week, with additional routes between Arizona and Texas and El Paso and Dallas, and its trucks running revenue-generating trips more than a dozen customers, including Fortune 100 companies and “home names”.
Demand for trucks without drivers is high. The industry intends to save the logistics and shipping industry 70 billion. USD per year, while increasing productivity by 30%. Pasak a latest study a quarter (26%) of consumers from the Consumer Technology Association view autonomous delivery technologies more favorably than before the health crisis. In addition to cost savings, growth is partly driven by a shortage of drivers. 2018 American Trucking Associates estimates that another 50,000 trucks were needed to close the gap in the United States, and 60,000 in Germany alone, despite the US refusing to offer sleep apnea checks.