Technological startup TuSimple, which develops autonomous control systems for long-haul tractors, has demonstrated the effectiveness of its technology. To do this, the company sent a truck loaded with watermelons on a 1,450-kilometer run from Arizona to Texas, and the autopilot managed to get to the final point of the route much faster than if there was a person behind the wheel all the time.
Unmanned technologies will increase the efficiency of cargo transportation, we are confident in TuSimple, therefore we are ready to prove the advantages of technology with real examples. For one such demonstration, the startup teamed up with fruit and vegetable supplier Giumarra Companies and Associated Wholesale Grocers to jointly organize a shipment of watermelons from Tucson, Arizona to Dallas, Texas. The distance between the starting and ending points of the route was 1450 kilometers.
Despite the fact that there is an insuring driver in the tractor’s cabin, the car drove most of the way on autopilot – a person’s help was needed only on the “first and last mile” sections. Usually such a trip takes 24 hours and six minutes, but TuSimple completed it in 14 hours and 6 minutes, that is, it reduced the time by 42 percent. According to Tim Riley, President of Giumarra Companies, the introduction of unmanned technology will change the rules of the game in the industry and, most importantly, will accelerate the delivery of food to remote rural communities and so-called food deserts, areas with limited access to fresh meat, fruits and vegetables.
TuSimple classifies its autopilot as a level 4 system, which means that driver intervention is required in very rare cases. Truck sensors scan the space 360 degrees around and “see” a kilometer ahead in any weather. The computing platform, which runs the autopilot, processes up to 600 trillion operations per minute, reducing the response time of electronics by 15 times, compared to a person.