UPS invests in autonomous trucking company, tests self-driving tractor trailers

UPS has been providing truckloads of goods for TuSimple to carry on a North American Freight Forwarding route between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona

August 16, 2019
TuSimple autonomous trucking technology
Autonomous truck from TuSimple. Image: @TuSimpleAI via Twitter.

The venture capital arm of the United Parcel Service of America (UPS) has made a minority investment in autonomous driving company TuSimple.

Together, both UPS Ventures and TuSimple are testing self-driving tractor trailers on a route in Arizona to determine whether the vehicles can improve service and efficiency in the UPS network. This is an extension of the ongoing commercial relationship between UPS and TuSimple in which UPS has purchased transportation services from TuSimple.

The work with autonomous driving company TuSimple began with the goal of helping UPS better understand the requirements for Level 4 Autonomous trucking in its network. 

Throughout the ongoing tests, UPS has been providing truckloads of goods for TuSimple to carry on a North American Freight Forwarding route between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. The company initiated self-driving service in May 2019, with a driver and engineer in the vehicle. TuSimple and UPS monitor distance and time the trucks travel autonomously, safety data, and transport time.

UPS’s tests with TuSimple are part of an advanced technology evaluation for vehicles in the UPS Global Smart Logistics Network. UPS is investing in Internet of Things technology, artificial intelligence, and advanced analytics to increase fuel efficiency and improve customer service.

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SOURCE: UPS

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