Robotic truck maker TuSimple and logistics giant Ryder System have teamed up to accelerate the development of new technologies for electric freight. Ryder said it will retool its TuSimple self-driving truck sites across the United States.
The company’s service centers will begin servicing autonomous trucks, and warehouses will be used to fulfill new orders. Thus, TuSimple intends to implement its solutions in the activities of large companies and gradually oust traditional human-driven trucks from the market.
Under the terms of this deal, Ryder’s various fleet maintenance facilities will be used as terminals for TuSimple. The company calls these facilities AFN (Autonomous Freight Network). These are entire complexes that combine terminals for servicing electric vehicles and at the same time are modern warehouses.
The company believes that the ingenuity and appropriate location of AFN centers will allow TuSimple to quickly cover the entire United States and begin to provide 24/7 transportation of a wide variety of goods to customers of all levels. It is already known that the first major customers of TuSimple and Ryder are UPS, Xpress, Penske Truck Leasing and McLane Inc.