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A two-week test in progress of self-driving trucks from a San Diego startup TuSimple.
The driverless car craze starts to go mainstream, with companies from Uber to Google Enterprise testing of self-driving cars in an attempt to keep up and maximize profits. Now the trend could be hitting the public sector, with a San Diego boot helps to deliver Mail to the future of your front door…without a driver!
A two-week test is now underway between Phoenix and Dallas, to make use of self-driving trucks of San Diego startup company Tusimple for transporting e-mail between the two cities. During the test, a safety driver and an engineer on board to keep an eye on the process and jump in if something goes wrong. But the trucks will not go door-to-door to drop off your e-mail just yet. The first phase of the test is five round trips between Phoenix and Dallas to see if the trucks can handle on the highway, and see how much money is actually saved. Experts will also keep an eye on the cargo.
The trip is about 2,100 miles, more than a human driver could go without stopping, that is the point of the new test. The autonomous trucks traveling on the highways in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas; fatigue will not be a problem, and in theory, the trucks can work non-stop except for fuel stops. It comes at a time when the American Trucking Association says that there is a shortage of drivers in the US. that can add up to almost 200,000 in 2024. Since most of the goods are always delivered in a truck, that could mean a big backlog on basic items, as well as food and medical supplies.
And that is where Tusimple Chief Product Officer, Chuck Price says autonomous long-haul trucks have an advantage over cars because they stick to the motorways, the reduction of the mapping needs, and concerns about the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. If the two week trial run is going well, Tusimple hopes to expand the program to other areas. So don’t be afraid if you get an e-mail truck without a driver in your street in the near future.