DHL orders 100 self-driving U.S. trucks from TuSimple and Navistar

DHL orders 100 self-driving U.S. trucks from TuSimple and Navistar
DHL orders 100 self-driving U.S. trucks from TuSimple and Navistar   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  
By Reuters

<div> <p>By Tina Bellon</p> <p><span class="caps">AUSTIN</span>, Texas – <span class="caps">DHL</span> Supply Chain has placed a U.S. order for 100 trucks equipped with TuSimple’s self-driving technology and manufactured by Navistar to further expand its understanding of driverless trucks in its supply chain.</p> <p><span class="caps">DHL</span>, a subsidiary of Deutsche Post AG, in a statement said that while the partnership was currently in its infant stages, it looked forward to deploying TuSimple’s driverless technology across multiple regions outside the United States in the future.</p> <p>The logistics provider, which also has partnerships with other self-driving companies, began working on a pilot program with California-based TuSimple earlier this month to transport daily hauls between Dallas and San Antonio, Texas.</p> <p>Those hauls are currently operated by TuSimple-owned trucks retrofitted with the company’s self-driving technology. The new trucks, expected to be delivered to <span class="caps">DHL</span> between 2024 and 2025, will be owned by the logistics company and equipped with autonomous technology from the start. </p> <p>TuSimple will then provide its self-driving services to <span class="caps">DHL</span> on a subscription basis as part of the company’s long-term business plan, TuSimple Chief Executive Cheng Lu said in an interview.</p> <p>“Retrofitting a truck is simple not scalable,” Lu said.</p> <p>TuSimple last year partnered with Illinois-based Navistar to co-develop self-driving trucks targeted for 2024 production. Navistar took a minority stake in TuSimple.</p> <p>For <span class="caps">DHL</span>, autonomous truck deployment is currently limited and a spokesman said the company was vendor-agnostic, allowing it to partner with the optimal suppliers and technologies in different regions.</p> <p><span class="caps">DHL</span> in October submitted a reservation for 100 trucks with TuSimple competitor Embark Trucks Inc, and said it will submit further reservations with a yet unnamed third autonomous trucking provider. </p> <p>The <span class="caps">DHL</span> order brings TuSimple’s total truck reservations to nearly 6,900. The company already has a partnership with <span class="caps">UPS</span> and said it aims to remove safety drivers from its trucks on an 80-mile (130-km) test route between Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona, in the coming months.</p> <p/> </div>