TuSimple partners with third-party logistics operator

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Autonomous trucking developer TuSimple is partnering with Loadsmith – the operator of a US-based third-party ‘logistics capacity as a service platform’, which bridges the gap between shippers and carriers – to adopt, integrate and scale TuSimple’s Level 4 autonomous technology into its operations.

Loadsmith hopes the partnership will contribute to its efforts to address the truck driver shortage in North America. Included within the agreement comes an initial reservation for 350 Level 4 autonomous trucks for operation on TuSimple’s autonomous freight network in 2024.

“TuSimple’s innovations will allow us to provide state-of-the-art SAE L4 automation to customers operating along the rapidly advancing autonomous freight network,” said Loadsmith CEO Brett Suma. “Loadsmith prides itself on providing our customers with cutting-edge solutions that enhance on-time delivery with the lowest total cost of operation, and TuSimple’s proven driver-out capabilities provide the prime path for us to do so.”

“Loadsmith is an ideal partner to adopt, integrate and scale our autonomous trucking technology into their operations,” added Xiaodi Hou, co-founder and CEO at TuSimple. “This new partnership further validates the appetite for SAE L4 technologies alongside the TuSimple autonomous freight network, fostering the expedited commercialization of safe, efficient and sustainable transportation of freight throughout the United States.”

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