These Mega Carrier Execs are Advising Tech Company Intent on Replacing Truckers
San Diego, CA – Multiple mega carrier executives are now providing strategic advice to a self-driving technology company which has promised to begin replacing truckers as soon as this year.
On Wednesday, driverless truck company, TuSimple, announced the formation of an Executive Advisory Board (EAB).
The EAB will advise TuSimple’s senior management team on how to “accelerate the adoption of autonomous long-haul freight in areas including regulation, technology, freight logistics, and leadership,” the company said.
Mega carrier executives serving on the EAB include: Mark Rourke, President and CEO of Schneider National; Derek Leathers, President and CEO of Werner Enterprises; and Eric Fuller, President and CEO of U.S. Xpress Enterprises.
Together, the three men will bring the EAB nearly 75 years of trucking and leadership experience at the highest levels of the industry.
TuSimple’s EAB will also include former U.S. Congressmen such as Reps. Jim Kolbe and Jeff Denham, as well as rail business leader, Jean-Jacques Ruest, President and CEO, CN; and Steve Girsky, Managing Partner of VectoIQ.
“Our advisors will play a critical role in shaping our go to market strategy and correlating public policy efforts so we can safely and reliably introduce self-driving trucks at scale,” said Cheng Lu, President and CEO, TuSimple.
TuSimple continues moving full steam ahead on its stated goal of replacing truck drivers with autonomous technology.
As Transportation Nation Network (TNN) has previously reported, Chuck Price, TuSimple’s Chief Product Officer, told the Houston Chronicle the company’s goal was to begin replacing truck drivers as soon as last year.
Price also echoed those sentiments in a highly publicized 60 Minutes interview last year.
TuSimple leadership believes long-haul routes with short turnaround times are well suited for self-driving trucks which is why the company acknowledges it is zeroing in on replacing team truckers first, particularly in the South and Southwest.
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