Postal Service tests mail shipments on self-driving trucks
PHOENIX (AP) - A self-driving truck company has partnered with the U.S. Postal Service to test autonomous technology on the long-haul route between Phoenix and Dallas.
San Diego-based TuSimple is planning for two autonomous trucks to carry mail and parcels on five round trips between the Postal Service distribution centers in the two cities starting Tuesday.
TuSimple says a safety engineer and a driver will be on board to monitor the trucks during the two-week pilot program.
The trucks use a camera system allowing the vehicles to view about 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) ahead.
The company says the Postal Service has contracted TuSimple to examine if the technology could reduce fuel costs, increase safety and improve fleet operation.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Many look for alternatives to EBR school cuts
'They don't tell us what's going on;' Disgruntled Republic Services employee voices...
Stroke survivors using art therapy to regain motor skills, ease anxiety
City officials cracking down on unpaid traffic tickets in New Roads
State halts Medicaid payments to detox center, leaving void for thousands
'That's typical LSU;' Tailgating underway ahead of Baton Rouge Super Regional
PREVIEW: Southern breaks down Starkville Regional
LSU softball lands national No. 10 seed
Balancing Football and Track: The story of Kary Vincent Jr.
Sha'Carri Richardson's impressive impact on LSU Track and Field