VW’s TRATON GROUP and TuSimple, a San Diego based self-driving technology company focused on heavy-duty trucks, have announced a global partnership to develop self-driving trucks. As part of the partnership, TRATON has also taken a minority stake in TuSimple.
The two companies have launched a development program to operate a level 4 autonomous hub-to-hub route between Södertälje to Jönköping in Sweden using Scania trucks.
TuSimple has already been trying out its technology since 2015 with several million test kilometres on public roads and is a leading developer in the fields of perception and night vision.
Matthias Gründler, Chief Executive Officer at TRATON GROUP, says: “The global partnership with TuSimple is another step towards becoming a Global Champion. Innovative future technologies that provide additional value to our customers represent a key part of our strategy.”
Cheng Lu, President, TuSimple, adds: “Our partnership with TRATON GROUP accelerates the introduction of autonomous truck technology to new international markets, and we look forward to our global partnership. The TRATON GROUP has an excellent reputation and established a portfolio of world-class truck brands, their strategic investment in TuSimple is a powerful testimony to our technology and approach.”
Founded in 2015, TuSimple is a self-driving technology company headquartered in San Diego, California with facilities in Tucson, Shanghai, and Beijing.