By: Felipe Dana, Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
Self driving trucks are making deliveries much faster and safer for drivers. Currently, there is a truck driver shortage in the United States and around the world, which has been aggravated by the pandemic’s e-commerce boom.
Autonomous trucks are one answer to the problem, and numerous businesses are competing to be the first to launch one. TuSimple, situated in San Diego, is one of them.
TuSimple, which was founded in 2015, has completed about 2 million miles of road testing with its 70 prototype vehicles in the United States, China, and Europe.
Despite the fact that these are simply commercially available trucks that have been retrofitted with TuSimple’s technology, TuSimple has agreements in place with two of the world’s largest truck manufacturers, Navistar in the United States and Traton, Volkswagen’s trucking division, in Europe, to design and build.
Most of the routes are straight line highways.