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UPS invest in autonomous trucks

UPS are investing in autonomous trucks.

The delivery company have teamed up with autonomous driving company TuSimple to work on new vehicles for their fleet.

UPS Ventures Managing Partner, Todd Lewis, said: "The UPS Ventures mission is to build collaborative relationships with early-stage companies that provide capabilities and insights that accelerate technological advancements within our network. UPS Ventures collaborates with startups to explore new technologies and tailor them to help meet our specific needs."

TuSimple's Founder, President & CTO, Xiaodi Hou, added: "We are honoured by UPS's strategic investment and their vote of confidence in TuSimple, this proves their commitment to staying at the forefront of innovation. TuSimple is confident that it can accelerate bringing the first self-driving truck to market to increase road safety."

UPS have been testing vehicles since May 2019 and are planning to use them on the North American Freight Forwarding route between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona.

Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer, Scott Price, shared: "UPS is committed to developing and deploying technologies that enable us to operate our global logistics network more efficiently. While fully autonomous, driverless vehicles still have development and regulatory work ahead, we are excited by the advances in braking and other technologies that companies like TuSimple are mastering. All of these technologies offer significant safety and other benefits that will be realised long before the full vision of autonomous vehicles is brought to fruition - and UPS will be there, as a leader implementing these new technologies in our fleet."

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