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Jan 4, 2017

AUTONOMOUS TRUCK * China: May overtake the U.S. as the No. 1 in realizing ones

* Caofeidian District - China may overtake the U.S. as the No. 1 in realizing autonomous truck commercialization

--- On December 21st 2016, TuSimple, a Chinese autonomous driving startup signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the government in Caofeidian District of Tangshan, Hebei Province, China. According to the agreement, TuSimple has been given permission to test its autonomous trucks in Caofeidian District and it is expected to begin its first trial operation of inter-city automated logistics in October, 2017. This makes it possible for TuSimple to realize commercialization of autonomous trucks earlier than American companies like Otto and Peloton... Caofeidian District, conveniently situated in the center of Bohai Bay, is adjacent to two big cities -- Beijing and Tianjing. There are a number of major highways within the District, which provide favorable conditions for the development of automated logistics. In recent years, the Chinese government intends to expand the scope of Beijing as a regional radiation center. To achieve this goal, the government has incorporated Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei into the collaborative development plan and attempts to turn Caofeidian into a demonstration and experimental zone of modern industrial development. Therefore, the autonomous driving trial program in Caofeidian immediately gained policy support from the government... TuSimple uses a deep learning super-computer plus low cost vision/radar sensors to achieve reliable perception... Statistics show that in China, there are about 7.2 million trucks and 16 million truck drivers responsible for inter-city freight transport, producing over 300 billion worth of productive value. However, the cost of hiring truck drivers accounts for around 40% of the total cost, which takes a toll on trucking companies' profit margins. TuSimple provides a technology that allows a single driver to lead a fleet of unmanned trucks, which effectively solves problems like labor shortage, population aging, fatigue driving and thus helps reduce accident rates of long-distance driving... 
(Photo: China's driverless trucks) -- San Diego, CAL, USA - TuSimple/PRNewswire - Jan. 3, 2017

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