Gizmodo reports that UPS has been delivering cargo in self-driving trucks for months and nobody knew it.
UPS announced Thursday that its venture capital has made a minority stake in TuSimple. The announcement also revealed that TuSimple Autonomous Trucks have been carrying UPS charges on a 115-mile line between Phoenix and Tucson since May.
UPS confirmed to Gizmodo that this is the first time that UPS has announced to deliver autonomous trucks from TuSimple packages in the state.
At approximately the same time as the UPS and TuSimple program began, the United States Postal Service and TuSimple released a two-week pilot program to service mail between Phoenix and Dallas, a 1000-mile journey.
TuSimple claims it can cut the average cost of shipping in a semitrailer by 30 percent. Announcing the new partnership, UPS Ventures CEO Todd Lewis said the venture arm "works with startups to explore new technologies and tailor them to meet our specific needs."
UPS would not share the terms of the deal with Gizmodo. TuSimple did not respond immediately to a request for comments.
TuSimple uses its own autonomous technology – based on nine cameras and two LIDAR sensors – in Navistar vehicles.
TuSimple is now connected to both UPS and the US Post.
On February 16, I commented on the self-propelled truck startup "TuSimple", which was convinced by commercial driverless driving until 2021.
The company's cameras can see some 1,000 meters, said Chuck Price, TuSimple's chief product officer. " At a distance of half a mile, we can see emergency vehicles, cars that are broken on the roadside, people walking around ," Price said.
" We are confident that we will have our first commercial driverless operation in late 2020 to 2021 ," Price said, which will change in the next two years.
The main disruption is not the Technology but the federal legislation.
Commercial driverless cars will be here by the end of 2021, if the federal regulation allows for that, which I expect.
Then within a few years of official approval by the federal government will be the bulk of truck traffic be driverless on highways.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock