Self-Driving Truck Company Says It’s Taking Testing to a New Level

East Liberty, OH – A leading self-driving truck and technology company is taking its testing to a new level.

On Tuesday, Plus.ai announced an agreement with the Transportation Research Center (TRC), North America’s largest independent vehicle test facility located in East Liberty, OH, to conduct capability tests of Plus.ai’s self-driving system using what the company called a “rigorous multi-vehicle approach.”




 

Currently, published standards for testing only require a single other vehicle.

However, Plus.ai says it is breaking new ground by utilizing a multi-vehicle testing approach.

The plan is to “simulate complex, real-world driving conditions,” according to a statement from the company.

Specifically, the testing will require Plus.ai’s driving system to predict how the vehicles will react to each other.

This will measure the predictive technology’s ability to plan a safe way to control the truck in response.




 

Tests will also include highway driving in both free-flowing and stop-and-go traffic, construction zones, disabled vehicles, bicycles, and many other scenarios, Plus.ai said.

These scenarios will be repeated for different weather conditions and a range of visibility and lighting.

Plus.ai may be best known for completing the first coast-to-coast commercial freight run with an autonomous truck.

In December of 2019, one of its level-four autonomous trucks completed a hub-to-hub trip spanning 2,800 miles from Tulare, CA to Quakertown, PA.

 

Plus.ai says its self-driving truck, which was pulling a refrigerated trailer loaded with 40,000 pounds of Land O’Lakes butter, encountered a wide-range of weather and road conditions, as well as traffic conditions.

In its most recent announcement, Plus.ai again reiterated its goal of being the first self-driving technology developer to bring driverless trucks to the commercial market.

The race to bring driverless trucks to the commercial market is in full steam.




 

Just last week TuSimple, a leading competitor to Plus.ai, announced a “strategic partnership” agreement with Navistar, makers of International brand trucks, to bring driverless trucks to market by 2024.

TuSimple and Navistar have been testing the integration of its products for the last two years.

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