December 29, 2021

Autonomous trucker TuSimple logs first no-human road test

The self-driving truck cruised through southern Arizona.

TuSimple truck hero An autonomous tractor-trailer owned by TuSimple shown at a Tucson Press event Sept. 12, 2018.
Arizona Public Media

A semi-truck guided by technology from the company TuSimple completed an 80-mile route in Arizona with no human on board and no human intervention during the trip, the company said Wednesday.

San Diego-based TuSimple says it’s the first successful fully-autonomous run by a class 8 vehicle, or semi, on open public roads with no human intervention.

The nighttime trip earlier this month started at a railyard in Tucson, Arizona, and ended at a distribution center in Phoenix with approval and supervision from the Arizona Department of Transportation and law enforcement.

Founded in 2015, TuSimple says it has 70 autonomous trucks globally.

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