|The US Postal Service is thinking of partnering with TuSimple to deliver mail across Dallas and Phoenix, but instead of having these cars manned, the Post Office wants to try and see if self-driving technology could instead be employed / Photo by: Tim1965 via Wikimedia Commons|
As has been said, the US Postal Service is thinking of partnering with TuSimple to deliver mail across Dallas and Phoenix, but instead of having these cars manned, the Post Office wants to try and see if self-driving technology could instead be employed.
According to a report by CNBC, TuSimple will be the one to provide the truck, the safety engineer and a driver on standby to see how the tests fare. During an announcement last Tuesday, TuSimple said that at this point in the testing, they want to observe possible problems that may be encountered by the truck in the self-driving tests.
“We are conducting research and testing as part of our efforts to operate a future class of vehicles which will incorporate new technology to accommodate a diverse mail mix, enhance safety, improve service, reduce emissions, and produce operational savings,” said Postal Service spokeswoman Kim Frum.
TuSimple is no newcomer to the game though, as the report goes on to state that the company has already been in operation for a while now, mostly dealing with technology that also deals with hauling stuff around the country.
Just last August, they began hauling along I-10 and have since then raised “$178 million in four rounds of funding since it was founded in 2015.”
According to Xiaodi Hou, founder, president, and chief technology officer at TuSimple, this also a great chance for the company to be validated, and for their systems to actually be shown impressively in the fields of technological development and commercialization progress.
There is the fact that regulators would also probably not be as forthcoming to semi-automated trucks for now, although the fact that an agency such as that of the US Postal Service is looking into it is an indication that should that operation go underway, other firms hoping for a future in self-driving vehicles could be given a chance to break out into the market and be more recognized.