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June 2019

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June 2019 | Overdrive | 25 The U.S. Postal Service last month contracted with autonomous truck manufacturer TuSimple on a series of 1,000-plus-mile trips, hauling mail between USPS' Phoenix and Dallas distribution centers. Equipped with a network of lidar, radar and cameras that enable SAE Level 4 autonomous driving, each truck had both a safety engineer and a driver onboard to monitor vehicle performance and ensure public safety for the duration of the five round-trip two-week pilot test runs. Only Level 5, in which no person is required to be in the vehicle, is more advanced than Level 4. One goal of the test was to push the autonomous-enabling equip- ment beyond the legal capabilities of human drivers to cut delivery turn times, said Vivian Sun, TuSimple's head of business development. To accomplish the virtually continuous driving, drivers were staged along the routes for coordinated swaps to remain compliant with hours of ser- vice. Sun said the only planned stops for the trucks were for fuel and to facilitate a driver change. To prepare for the testing, TuSimple developed high-definition maps by driving the route repeatedly in a vehicle equipped with sensors to collect data about the terrain. TuSimple has several prototype vehicles currently making for-hire deliveries and plans to expand its fleet to 50 by yearend. USPS, TuSimple hold Level 4 autonomous trials BY JASON CANNON 304 stainless STEEL HIGHEST QUALITY. LONGEST LASTING. info@panelite.com www.panelite.com 1- 800 -331-7952 Download our new catalog today! Panelite Vol. XXI Daimler Trucks announced the for- mation of a new internal division, the Autonomous Technology Group, with a goal of putting highly automated trucks on roadways within a decade. The new unit will develop a plan to develop and deploy autonomous trucks and set up the required infra- structure for production of Level 4 trucks. That's the most advanced level of autonomy short of Level 5, which requires no person behind the wheel. The group will focus on routes between defined hubs in the United States, says Peter Vaughan Schmidt, leader of the new unit. Daimler will work closely with customers whose businesses match this automated driving application, he says. — Jason Cannon Daimler creates unit for advanced autonomy

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