TuSimple (Nasdaq: TSP), a self-driving technology company based in San Diego, California, has received 6,775 reservations for a new line of purpose-built Level 4 autonomous trucks in partnership with Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV). Among the first customers to place reservations are Penske Truck Leasing, Schneider, and U.S. Xpress, among other large freight transportation companies in North America.
The self-driving trucks will be equipped with TuSimple’s advanced autonomous driving system and manufactured by Navistar beginning in 2024.
U.S. Xpress has been working closely with TuSimple for two years to prepare its operations for the arrival of autonomous technologies.
Cheng Lu, President and CEO, TuSimple, says: “Our first wave customers recognize that a TuSimple and Navistar partnership is a winning combination, bringing together TuSimple’s industry-leading autonomous technology with Navistar’s world-class engineering and manufacturing capabilities. Autonomous trucks are poised to transform the trucking industry in powerful new ways by setting a new standard for safety, while dramatically increasing efficiency and reducing fuel consumption.”
“These early reservation numbers reflect the appetite surrounding self-driving technology in long-haul applications,” adds Bob Walsh, Vice President, Emerging Technologies, Strategy & Planning, Navistar. “We are happy to partner with TuSimple to offer this integrated autonomous solution to our customers.”
Eric Fuller, President and CEO, U.S. Xpress, comments: “We have been working with TuSimple since 2019, and we see them as the clear leader in autonomous trucking technology, which is why U.S. Xpress is among the first in line for reservations,” .Autonomous technology is complementary to other investments we’ve made to broaden our portfolio of services across the supply chain.”
Founded in 2015, TuSimple’s Autonomous Freight Network (AFN) operates a fleet of 50 L4 autonomous trucks across the states of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. The company plans to expand the AFN network coast-to-coast by 2023.