The United States Postal Service has begun tests on a self-driving delivery truck on a route between Phoenix and Dallas.
According to a report from Reuters, the United States Postal Service is doing its first tests with autonomous vehicle technology. A San Diego startup called TuSimple is loaning its self-driving trucks to the United States Postal Service for test drives between Phoenix and Dallas.
A driver will sit in the vehicle behind the wheel for safety purposes. The safety driver is there to intervene if the self-driving technology fails.
USPS spokeswoman Kim Frum told the press that this marks the first time that the postal service has experimented with autonomous driving technology. “The work with TuSimple is our first initiative in autonomous long-haul transportation,” Frum said. “We are conducting research and testing as part of our efforts to operate a future class of vehicles which will incorporate new technology.”
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