On December 22, 2021, TuSimple made history by becoming the world's first to operate a fully autonomous semi-truck run on open public roads without a human on board while naturally interacting with other motorists. The TuSimple Driver Out program required our upfitted self-driving truck to travel on surface streets and highways, to safely navigate traffic signals, emergency lane vehicles, on- and off-ramps, and highway lane changes in open traffic.
Driver Out represents an exciting step in the evolution of self-driving trucking. It also provided crucial validation of the safety of our L4 self-driving truck technology.
Founded in San Diego in 2015, TuSimple develops the world’s most-advanced self-driving technologies specifically designed for heavy-duty trucks. Our mission is clear: Develop self-driving trucking technology to make freight transportation safer, more efficient, and environmentally friendly.
Through the development of an industry-leading, self-driving truck system, purpose-built autonomous trucks with OEMs Navistar and TRATON Group, and the creation of the TuSimple Autonomous Freight Network (AFN), we’re redefining the way freight moves from point A to B by offering game-changing autonomous capacity to both shippers and carriers to address many challenges facing supply chain logistics.
TuSimple technology is transforming the way freight moves in nearly every way. Through the development of the industry’s best self-driving system, we provide reliable autonomous capacity as a service, while improving safety, reducing fuel consumption, and minimizing the environmental impact of heavy-duty trucks.
TuSimple’s approach to safety is holistic, spanning our organization, processes, technology and operations. This approach is designed to not only ensure reliability and safety, but also enable us to show the maturity of our technology and operations. We designed our autonomous system from the ground up, taking a rigorous engineering approach to analyze the functions and potential failures for each component and then built a reliable and redundant system that we continually assess and improve upon. Learn more about our approach to safety in our safety framework.
According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), there is a 80,000 truck driver shortage in the US that will reach 160,000 by 2030. Self-driving trucks have the capability to operate nearly continuously, stopping only for refueling and preventative maintenance. With the dependable autonomous freight capacity provided by TuSimple’s self-driving trucks, we can help address the truck driver shortage and ship more food and supplies to more people faster than ever before.
Over the last two-and-a-half years, TuSimple has accumulated over 200,000 miles hauling freight autonomously for UPS’s North American Air Freight division (NAFF.) Over these 200,000 road miles, TuSimple’s self-driving trucks delivered up to 10% fuel savings.
With TuSimple’s self-driving system at the wheel, we can reduce direct labor costs and decrease fuel consumption. With fewer accidents, we’re able to take advantage of lower insurance premiums. The result is significantly lower operating costs, which benefits shippers, carriers and fleets.
Through carefully curated strategic relationships, many of whom are investors in TuSimple, we’re creating the self-driving infrastructure to make autonomous trucking possible.
By prioritizing the needs of the companies we work with, we can expand the reach of our network while providing game-changing logistical and operational advantages along the way.
Our leadership team is comprised of experts in AI, machine learning, transportation and logistics dedicated to establishing trust with our customers and bringing positive transformational change to the logistics and trucking industries.