The government is starting to embrace self-driving technology. Self-driving truck startup TuSimple is partnering with the United States Postal Service of Texas and Arizona to start delivering mail with autonomous semi trucks.
To be fair, this is only a test. Currently in a pilot phase, this program will deploy Level 4 autonomous vehicles into the USPS routine. While capable of nearly full autonomy, each semi-trailer will have a safety engineer and a backup human driver onboard to keep an eye on things. Each participating truck will run for 22 hours for two weeks, along Interstate 10, 20, and 30. These roads were specifically chosen due to their high economic activity over the stretch amounts.
This route works well for USPS. The long length with no turn around means that two drivers are needed at a time and it runs overnight. Driving long ways can be a challenge, especially when it's non-stop overnight. They hope that self-driving technology can help keep the routes safe and efficient.
The two organizations have yet to announced precisely when they will begin testing for the program. Its success will influence future plans for corporate autonomy.
United States Postal Service to Test Self-Driving Semis
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