TuSimple Expands Self-Driving Truck Routes Into Texas, Aims to Replace Team Truckers
El Paso, TX – Autonomous truck company, TuSimple, is expanding its self-driving delivery services for the United Parcel Service (UPS) into Texas.
On Thursday, the San Diego, CA-based company announced it was now making 10 trips per week from Phoenix, AZ to El Paso, TX, delivering to a UPS distribution center.
The new route is in addition to the 10 trips per week TuSimple is already making for UPS between Phoenix and Tucson, AZ.
TuSimple has been making the trips to Tucson since May of last year, according to company officials.
Federal regulations require a driver or “safety engineer” to be behind the wheel, but TuSimple says it intends to begin replacing drivers by 2021.
Last year, Chuck Price, TuSimple’s Chief Product Officer, told the Houston Chronicle the company’s goal was to begin replacing truck drivers as soon as this year.
TuSimple 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.
It appears UPS is joining TuSimple in this effort.
In August of 2019, UPS announced it was getting into the autonomous trucking business too.
According to the logistics behemoth, its venture capital arm, UPS Ventures, made a minority investment in TuSimple.
“UPS is committed to developing and deploying technologies that enable us to operate our global logistics network more efficiently,” UPS Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer, Scott Price, said at the time.
UPS is not alone in its deployment of TuSimple’s self-driving trucks… far from it, in fact.
In June of 2019, TuSimple successfully completed a two-week test delivering mail along a 1,000 mile route from Phoenix to Dallas for the United States Postal Service (USPS).
TuSimple representatives reported all deliveries were made ahead of schedule and without any traffic incidents.
During the USPS test, TuSimple ran its self-driving trucks for 22 hours each, which included overnight driving along the Interstate 10, 20, and 30 corridors.
Transportation Nation Network (TNN) also reported last year that TuSimple is currently operating under non-disclosure agreements with dozens of carriers, hauling three loads per day.
TuSimple is promising its trucks are safer for the motoring public and will reduce transportation costs for motor carriers and shippers by up to 30%.
In announcing the new route into Texas, TuSimple released a 3-minute video giving viewers a look inside the company’s operations.
WATCH it below.