Chinese autonomous truck startup TuSimple has forged a partnership with German automobile parts maker ZF to develop and market self-driving technology for big rigs.
Under the partnership, which is set to begin in April and will cover China, North America and Europe, the two companies will co-develop a central computing platform for self-driving trucks. They will also develop a sensing system consisting of cameras, laser radars and millimeter-wave radars, a key technology needed to create three-dimensional maps of the 360-degree environment around a vehicle in real-time, TuSimple said in a statement on Friday.
As part of the partnership, ZF will also offer engineering support to integrate TuSimple’s self-driving system into autonomous trucks, the statement added.
The agreement comes less than a month after TuSimple doubled the number of long-haul delivery trips it makes with a fleet of about 40 autonomous trucks for American courier UPS to 20 trips every week. That partnership is part of a pilot program aimed at testing TuSimple’s U.S. Society of Automotive Engineers-rated Level 4 technology, which allows a vehicle to run almost completely independently without human intervention.
In 2018, TuSimple was among the first companies to obtain licenses in China to test autonomous trucks in Shanghai. Established in 2015, the company splits its operations between China and the U.S. and has research and development centers in Beijing, Shanghai, Hebei province and the American states of California and Arizona.
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