Gizmodo reports that UPS has been delivering cargo in self-driving trucks for months and nobody knew.
UPS announced Thursday that its venture capital has made a minority investment in TuSimple. The announcement also revealed that since May, TuSimple autonomous trucks have been transporting UPS freight on a 115-mile route between Phoenix and Tucson.
UPS have confirmed to Gizmodo that for the first time UPS has announced that it is using TuSimple stand-alone trucks to deliver packages to the state.
Around the same time as UPS and TuSimple launched, the US Postal Service and TuSimple published a two-week pilot mail delivery program between Phoenix and Dallas, traveling 1,000 miles
TuSimple claims it could reduce the average cost of delivery in a tractor trailer by 30 percent. In a news release about the new partnership, UPS Ventures managing partner Todd Lewis said the risk group "is partnering with startups to research new technologies and adapt them to help our specific needs."
UPS will not to share the terms of dealing with Gizmodo. TuSimple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
TuSimple places its standalone technology – which relies on nine cameras and two LIDAR sensors – in Navistar vehicles.
Zero commitments storm.
TuSimple is already affiliated with both UPS and the US Postal Service (USPS).
On Feb. 16, I commented on starting a self-driving "TuSimple" truck Confidential to a commercial driver by 2021.
The company's cameras can see about 1,000 feet forward or 3,200 feet ahead, said Chuck Price, COO of TuSimple. " From a half-mile we can spot emergency vehicles, cars crashed along the side of the road, people walking ," Price said.
" We are confident that we will have our first driverless commercial operation by the end of 2020 by 2021 ," said Mr Price.
Technology is not a Holdup
There are backup drivers for now. This will change within the next two years.
The main stock is not technology, but federal law.
The commercial without drivers will be here by the end of 2021 if federal regulation allows what I expect.
Then, within a few years of federal regulatory approval, most truck lanes between highways would be without a driver.
Mike Mish Shadlock