American mail has begun the first phase of testing the delivery of shipments using unmanned trucks. Tests will be held on more than 1000-kilometer stretch between the cities of Phoenix (Arizona) and Dallas (Texas) and will last 2 weeks. The startup TuSimple provided autonomous trucks for a project.
According to the newspaper The Wall Street Journal with reference to the management of TuSimple, in case of successful completion of the tests, the use of unmanned trucks will significantly reduce the cost of transportation of mail between delivery points. Now on this route in each truck works on 2 licensed drivers whose working hours are legally limited. “Unmanned machines can operate without time limits imposed on the human driver,” the company told the newspaper.
The publication adds that in this way the US postal service hopes not only to compensate for the losses due to the continuing decline in the volume of letters and parcels for several years, as well as fuel costs but also to improve road safety. Cameras used on TuSimple trucks record the situation in front of the car for more than half a kilometer, tracking the behavior of other drivers and pedestrians. At the same time, while it is planned that in the cockpit of the drone will be a person to whom the Autonomous system will transmit information about their intentions. The autopilot will be activated by the driver on high-speed tracks.
TuSimple is one of several startups that are involved in the development of unmanned cargo traffic technologies on highways in the United States. They cooperate with American and European car manufacturers.