Autonomous truck developer TuSimple has recently released information on its planned roll-out of its autonomous freight network (AFN) across the USA, due to culminate in nationwide coverage in 2024.
It has partnered with US logistics firms Penske, UPS, US Xpress and McLane Company to establish an autonomous truck route ecosystem across the country supporting autonomous operations.
The process will begin this year, with the establishment of routes between Arizona and Texas, with plans to connect the East and West Coasts of the USA by 2023.
“Our ultimate goal is to have a nationwide transportation network consisting of mapped routes connecting hundreds of terminals to enable efficient, low-cost long-haul autonomous freight operations,” said Cheng Lu, president, TuSimple.
“By launching the AFN with our strategic partners, we will be able to quickly scale operations and expand autonomous shipping lanes to provide users access to autonomous capacity anywhere and 24/7 on-demand.”
To complement the development of these routes, the company has also launched an autonomous operations monitoring system to enable customers to monitor and track their freight in real time.