It sounds like long haul trucking is taking the lead in demonstrating the ability to operate autonomously at high speed over long distances. Reports from yet another start-up – tuSimple has plans to commercialize their technology in both the U.S. and China this year. They have opted for radar instead of lidar as it can operate better in inclement weather and at longer distances, they claim.
The tuSimple systems will be installed in Peterbilt trucks that will run at autonomous Level 4 of High Automation, defined as a vehicle system capable of conducting all driving without human control except in special circumstance, such as a traffic jam. A driver will be behind the wheel for the test runs in Arizona this summer.
Their goal is to be generating commercial revenues this year.