Autonomous-trucking startup TuSimple has developed a new camera system to help its vehicle keep on truckin’ without human assistance. TuSimple claims the system can function at night and in other challenging lighting conditions, expanding the amount of time its trucks can stay on the road.
TuSimple believes only cameras can provide the long-range vision needed for trucks, able to scan up to 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) ahead of a truck.
The system is capable of nighttime operation and can handle the glare from sunrises and sunsets, or the headlights of oncoming vehicles.
TuSimple currently hauls freight in Arizona with a small fleet of prototype self-driving trucks. It plans to expand its fleet to 50 trucks by June and is looking to add a route in Texas. The startup expects its new camera system to allow autonomous trucks to operate more than 20 hours a day, compared to the industry-average of 12 hours a day. The camera system will enter “volume production” later this year, TuSimple said.
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