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Postal Service experiments with driverless mail trucks

Jack Stewart May 21, 2019
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One of the trucks being used in the trial.
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The U.S. Postal Service is making a move into autonomous long-haul trucking. In a limited trial, it will run five round-trip routes on interstate highways between Dallas and Phoenix.

  • The U.S.P.S. is partnering with a San Diego autonomous driving technology company, TuSimple
  • Trucks will carry someone who can take the wheel if something goes wrong
  • The U.S.P.S. is interested in driverless trucking as a way to cut costs and speed deliveries
  • Trucks might be a natural fit for automation — routes are simpler and more repetitive than those traveled by passenger vehicles
  • Autonomous trucking is seen as a possible solution to a chronic and growing shortage of long-haul truckers

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