TuSimple announced that it was awarded a contract to complete five round trips, for a two-week pilot, hauling USPS trailers more than 1,000 miles between the postal service’s Phoenix and Dallas distribution centers. A safety engineer and driver will be on board throughout the pilot.
TuSimple will run a series of its self-driving trucks for 22 hours each, which includes overnight driving, along Interstates 10, 20 and 30 corridors to make the trip through Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
The company recently raised $95 million in a Series D funding round led by Sina Corp and has raised $178 million to date. The company is preparing to scale up its commercial autonomous fleet to more than 50 trucks by June.