December 16, 2021
TuSimple, which is developing autonomous driving technology for trucking, and logistics provider DHL Supply Chain have announced a global partnership to adopt, integrate and scale TuSimple’s autonomous trucking technology into DHL’s operations. The collaboration is part of DHL’s Accelerated Digitalization strategy, which focuses on addressing challenges facing the logistics industry.
Earlier this month, DHL said it began daily freight haul operations using TuSimple’s San Antonio-to-Dallas Autonomous Freight Network (AFN). With the extension of the partnership, DHL is disclosing that it reserved 100 autonomous trucks being co-developed by TuSimple and Navistar in the U.S.
“Partnering with leading-edge technology companies is foundational to our digital transformation strategy, and TuSimple will play a key role in supporting our adoption of next wave transportation solutions,” said Jim Monkmeyer, president of transportation at DHL Supply Chain. “We share TuSimple’s vision of utilizing efficiencies to drive a more sustainable future and have been encouraged by the results so far.”
TuSimple established its first AFN in 2020 in the U.S., and has since expanded its operations from Arizona to Florida, with plans to create a nationwide freight transportation network over the next few years. Concurrent with U.S. expansion, TuSimple said it has initiated efforts in Europe and Asia, where it is testing its autonomous trucks on public roads in Sweden and in Asia at the deep-water port in Shanghai.
“We’re excited to be working with DHL, one of the world’s largest logistics leaders, to help them adopt, integrate and scale our autonomous trucking technology into their operations,” said Cheng Lu, president and CEO of TuSimple. “This new partnership further validates the appetite for autonomous trucking technology as the industry looks for ways to increase freight capacity, improve safety, and control operating costs.”
For more details on TuSimple’s technology, visit its website here.