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TuSimple announces business expansion plans to meet growing commercial demand

SAN DIEGO, California – TuSimple, a global self-driving truck company, announced here on January 7 that it will expand its business with new self-driving routes, customer growth and partners in response to a growing commercial demand from 12 contracted customers, including Fortune 100 and large international companies.

With 11 trucks in the U.S., TuSimple makes three to five fully-autonomous trips per day for customers on three different routes in Arizona. The company will add a new route from Arizona to Texas online in early 2019 and have 40 trucks in fully-autonomous operation by June, turning it into the largest self-driving truck solutions company worldwide.

TuSimple is also working with Tier 1 suppliers including Cummins Inc. to enable powertrain integration with its autonomous technologies. Cummins was instrumental in developing the industry standard interface between powertrains and autonomous systems.

“We are pleased to work with TuSimple and other companies across the globe to help bring autonomous vehicle technology to commercial markets,” said Morgan Andreae, Executive Director, Growth Office, Cummins Inc. “Cummins is a global powertrain leader with expertise in not only engines, but also controls and electronics and we are bringing this technical knowledge to develop a sophisticated interface that can allow powertrains and vehicles to integrate and operate efficiently, effectively and safely.”

“We are making tremendous progress towards the commercialization of our technology and trucking ecosystem with key Tier 1 partners like Cummins. The viability and power of our autonomous truck solutions is being proven daily on highways and local streets,” said Dr. Xiaodi Hou, Founder, President & CTO of TuSimple.

TuSimple is a global autonomous trucking solutions company headquartered in San Diego and operating self-driving trucks out of Tucson, Arizona. Founded in 2015, TuSimple is developing a commercial-ready Level 4 (SAE) fully-autonomous driving solution for the logistics industry. TuSimple’s trucks are the first and only capable of self-driving from depot-to-depot, which requires both highway and local street driving, and do so every day for its customers.

With the company’s innovative camera-centric perception solution, TuSimple’s trucks have a vision range of 1,000 meters – farther and better-quality visibility than any other autonomous perception system today. TuSimple’s self-driving trucks can also see 360 degrees around for a pixel-level interpretation of the visible environment, enabling the vehicle to have 3 centimeter control precision at all times – rain or shine.

At CES 2019, TuSimple displayed a Navistar International LT semi-truck, highlighting the company’s industry-leading self-driving (Level 4) perception system and showcasing what TuSimple trucks “see” while driving autonomously.

The trucking industry is currently facing a shortage of 50,000 drivers (which is expected to increase to 175,000 by the end of 2024) and is approaching a 100 percent turnover rate per year with an average driver age of 49 years old. According to a PwC study, autonomous trucking technologies will reduce annual operating costs for a traditional average long-haul truck by 28 percent in 2025. TuSimple is aiming to transform the $740-billion U.S. trucking industry by cutting costs, reducing carbon emissions and eradicating some of the challenges currently faced by operators.

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