The Postal Service is piloting self-driving mail trucks

United States Postal Service testing TuSimple's autonomous trucks

United States Postal Service testing TuSimple's autonomous trucks

In other words, you're not going to see a self-driving mail truck coming down your street. The trial will include five round trips between USPS distribution centers in Phoenix, Arizona, and Dallas, Texas. It's the first time that the Postal Service has contracted with an autonomous provider for long-haul service.

"This pilot is just one of many ways the Postal Service is innovating and investing in its future". After the initial trial, which is expected to last about two weeks, the Postal Service will assess whether to continue working with TuSimple.

A new safety law requiring truck drivers to electronically log their miles has further constrained how quickly and efficiently fleets can move goods. It will allow the Postal Service to test TuSimple's Level 4 systems in both daytime and nighttime traffic.

TuSimple says a safety engineer and driver will be on board to monitor the trucks during the two-week pilot program.

Two dead in Libya attack claimed by ISIS
Libya has been mired in chaos since the NATO-backed uprising that deposed and killed dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011. After securing support from local tribes, it seized several towns.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has announced that they are testing out driverless truck technology for hauling mail on a more than 20 hour route usually reserved for team truck drivers. Those costs have been rising due to a national shortage of drivers. The company said the 22-hour route is the flawless demonstration for the potential benefits of the technology, because it typically requires two drivers in conventional trucks. TuSimple has raised $178 million in private financing, including from chipmaker Nvidia Corp. and Chinese online media company Sina Corp.

"This run is really in the sweet spot of how we believe autonomous trucks will be used", said TuSimple Chief Product Officer Chuck Price. Its trucks have been carrying cargo for customers in Arizona since past year.

Price said that drivers who encounter a TuSimple truck on the interstate between Phoenix and Dallas probably won't notice: "It's polite". They're confident that their autonomous rigs will also be safer, since things like driver fatigue don't come into play.

Recommended News

  • DEVELOPING: Foster carted off with apparent leg injury

    DEVELOPING: Foster carted off with apparent leg injury

    The 49ers brought in former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Kwon Alexander to replace foster on defense. If you blinked late Monday morning, you may have missed Reuben Foster's first season with the Redskins.
    South Korea to donate $8M in humanitarian aid to North

    South Korea to donate $8M in humanitarian aid to North

    When South Korea exited Kaesong, it said the North had diverted wages paid to its workers to fund its weapons programmes. Through the year, North Koreans have tried to survive by consuming 300 grams of food every day, the report stated.
    Bangladesh beat West Indies to clinch Tri-Nation series

    Bangladesh beat West Indies to clinch Tri-Nation series

    After Mohammad Mithun fell two overs later, the chase got tense, with Bangladesh needing 67 off the last 50 balls. Before this match, Bangladesh played six tournament finals in global cricket (four in ODIs and two in T20Is).
  • Why Is PrepAway Considered to Be the Best Platform for Exam Dumps?

    However, it’s not easy to tell which one of those sources offers authentic exam dumps that will help you pass your test. All you need to do is to identify the best site for exam dumps, and you will pass your certification test with flying colors.
    Galaxy Watch, Gear S3 and Gear Sport new update brings One UI

    Galaxy Watch, Gear S3 and Gear Sport new update brings One UI

    True to form, Samsung has been pretty good about making sure owners of its older smartwatches get in on those new features. The One UI , based on Android 9.o Pie, reimagines how consumers interact with their mobile devices.
    'SNL' cold open has Alec Baldwin's Trump rocking out to Queen

    'SNL' cold open has Alec Baldwin's Trump rocking out to Queen

    "So I'm on cruise control to a second term and there's nothing the Democrats or Congress can do about it". Wade. "The Supreme Court's ready for a fight on abortion !" (Alex Moffat and Mikey Day) also made a cameo.
  • Ric Flair PULLED from Starrcast

    It's unclear what type of procedure he's undergoing, but we're told he's been dealing with heart issues as of late. The surgery has forced Flair to cancel an appearance at a roast slated for Friday at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas .
    Mick Foley Introduces WWE 24/7 Title R-Truth Escapes As Champion

    Mick Foley Introduces WWE 24/7 Title R-Truth Escapes As Champion

    The title is reminiscent of the Hardcore Title, which adopted a 24/7 rule when Crash Holly won the belt in February 2000. We'll have to wait just one day until we find out definitively when Foley makes the announcement on Raw.
    Virgin Media Television removes Jeremy Kyle Show from schedules as controversy grows

    Virgin Media Television removes Jeremy Kyle Show from schedules as controversy grows

    She added: "The show brought me depression, anxiety and the worst parts of my life, which includes trolls on a daily bases".
  • Niki Lauda, Austrian Formula 1 legend, dies at 70

    Niki Lauda, Austrian Formula 1 legend, dies at 70

    He is also an airline entrepreneur and recently agreed to sell his controlling stake in Laudamotion to Ryanair. Following his first Formula One world title in 1975, Lauda won two more times in 1977 and 1984.
    Iran Accelerates Production of Enriched Uranium as Tensions Rise

    Iran Accelerates Production of Enriched Uranium as Tensions Rise

    Navy announced it would begin security patrols in global waters along with members of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Trump tweeted: "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran".
    Swedish prosecutors request Assange detention: First step to European arrest warrant

    Swedish prosecutors request Assange detention: First step to European arrest warrant

    Assange's relationship with his hosts collapsed after Ecuador accused him of leaking information about Moreno's personal life. Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks' editor-in-chief, said reopening the case would give Assange a chance to clear his name.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.