United States Postal Service (USPS) is to hold a two-week pilot testing autonomous truck technology, hauling USPS trailers more than 1,000 miles between distribution centres. The truck – provided by the self-driving mobility company TuSimple – will have a safety engineer and driver on board for the duration of the pilot to monitor vehicle performance and to ensure public safety.
USPS says it’s exploring autonomous delivery vehicle technology to reduce fuel costs, increase safe truck operation and improve its fleet utilization rate through longer hours of operation.
“It is exciting to think that before many people will ride in a robo-taxi, their mail and packages may be carried in a self-driving truck,” says Dr. Xiaodi Hou, Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer, TuSimple.
He adds: “Performing for the USPS on this pilot in this particular commercial corridor gives us specific use cases to help us validate our system, and expedite the technological development and commercialization progress.”
TuSimple was founded in 2015 and is developing a commercial-ready Level 4 fully-autonomous driving solution for the logistics industry.