On March 5th Tucson, a start-up focused on L4-class self-driving freight, announced a deepening partnership with UPS, a U.S.-based package delivery service, for driverless transportation services. From March 2019, UPS and Tucson will begin pilot road tests of driverless trucks on a line in Arizona, USA.
During this time, Tucson Future represented UPS’s freight routes between Phoenix, Arizona, and Tucson, shipping cargo to driverless trucks equipped with security personnel.
Tucson said the two sides have now increased their partnership with driverless transportation services to 20 times a week, and a new transportation line has been opened between Phoenix, Arizona, and El Paso, Texas.
Half of the 20 weekly transportation services will be on new lines, with the remaining 10 still on the original route between Phoenix, Arizona, and Tucson.
In transit, Tucson’s future driverless trucks will save UPS about 10% of its fuel consumption.
It is understood that in December, a study jointly conducted by Tucson Future and the University of California, San Diego, showed that Tucson’s future driverless technology could significantly reduce fuel consumption by 10% for heavy trucks, through commercialization with UPS. The results of Tucson’s future driverless trucks in reducing fuel consumption and emissions are demonstrated.
The deepening of the number of transport services, and the addition of transport routes, can be seen in both sides of the confidence in driverless freight, and is expected to expand the scope.
“By partnering with Tucson future, we are exploring the application of driverless technology to UPS’s global intelligent logistics network to increase efficiency, security, and customer experience.” “Tucson’s future has been a major driver of this process, and we plan to extend our testing to other lines within THE UPS North American freight channel next step,” said Scott Price, CHIEF Strategy Officer, UPS. “
Thanks to this, Tucson’s future commercialization of driverless freight is expected to open up further.
In fact, in addition to working together on driverless truck freight road testing, Tucson Future in August 2019 received UPS’s first strategic investment in driverless transportation.
The deepening of the collaboration also shows that UPS has another vote of confidence in Tucson’s future. Tucson said it would continue to improve driverless technology and transportation capabilities, and would conduct the first non-security logistics transport operation in 2021.
In addition to pioneering commercial self-driving transportation services in the United States, Tucson is also driving the landing and implementation of self-driving commercial operations in China.
In April 2019, Tucson will be selected as the first batch of aiartificial pilot application “AI-traffic” demonstration scene in Shanghai, and will explore the main urban area of Shanghai, logistics park, Donghai Bridge and other places to carry out the demonstration operation of unmanned card logistics and distribution.
In addition, at the 2019 World AI Conference, Tucson will work with Shanghai Lingang Technology City to jointly promote the Shanghai Lingang driverless truck large-scale commercial demonstration project.