The United States Post (USPS) and its delivery services will soon receive autonomous trucks developed by the startup TuSimple. Starting today, the federal service begins two-week trial tests.
Mail trucks will run between the USPS distribution centers in Phoenix, Arizona, and Dallas, Texas. The route is over 1600 kilometers.
Like UPS and DHL in the parcel delivery business, USPS is exploring ways to simplify its operations, reduce fuel costs, reduce pollution and improve safety. This is especially true when transporting long distances with short hauls, which requires an impressive number of drivers.
This project is very important for TuSimple, which previously tested autonomous technology over short distances in Arizona. The mail truck operators have been collecting data and providing security, which, in fact, they will continue to do in a new, but larger test.