Navistar and TuSimple Partner to Bring Self-Driving Trucks to Market by 2024
Lisle, IL – Navistar International Corporation, producer of International brand commercial trucks, and self-driving technology company, TuSimple, are partnering to bring driverless trucks to market by 2024.
On Wednesday, Navistar and TuSimple announced the companies have formed a “strategic partnership” for the purpose of speeding production and widespread deployment of driverless trucks.
The brands have been testing the integration of its products for the last two years.
Under the terms of the new agreement, Navistar has taken a minority stake in TuSimple, an announcement said.
Navistar’s President and CEO, Persio Lisboa, expressed excitement about the future of driverless trucks indicating he expects the emergence of autonomous technology to have an industry-altering impact.
“Autonomous technology is entering our industry and will have a profound impact on our customers’ businesses,” said Lisboa. “This announcement marks a significant milestone in our development journey with TuSimple and we look forward to furthering our relationship in the months to come.”
“TuSimple and Navistar began joint development of pre-production units in 2018 and now we are kicking-off a full go-to-market production program,” said Cheng Lu, President, TuSimple. “With the combined expertise of Navistar and TuSimple, we have a clear path to commercialize self-driving Class 8 trucks at scale.”
The companies say expectations are to be able to provide customers with SAE Level 4 self-driving trucks by 2024.
Launching Autonomous Freight Network
Earlier this month, TuSimple also announced an historic partnership with four of trucking’s biggest and most powerful companies with the goal of expanding driverless truck operations nationwide by the end of 2024.
TuSimple says it is launching the world’s first Autonomous Freight Network (AFN).
Partnering with TuSimple in the launch of the AFN are UPS, Penske Truck Leasing, U.S. Xpress (which operates a fleet of 7,000 trucks) and McLane, a Berkshire Hathaway company and one of the largest supply chain services leaders in the United States.
The AFN will roll-out in three phrases, and promises to lay the groundwork for self-driving autonomous trucks to become commercially available by 2024.
In a joint announcement about the AFN partnership, the companies called the future of driverless trucks “a better way forward.”
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