Navistar takes a stake in TuSimple, companies aim for fleet-ready autonomous truck by 2024

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Updated Jul 21, 2020
This year and next, TuSimple says it will operate autonomous tractor-trailers on lanes between Phoenix, Tucson, El Paso, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio in partnership with UPS, U.S. Xpress, Penske and McLane.This year and next, TuSimple says it will operate autonomous tractor-trailers on lanes between Phoenix, Tucson, El Paso, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio in partnership with UPS, U.S. Xpress, Penske and McLane.

Navistar International Corp. on Wednesday announced it has taken a minority stake in autonomous truck retrofitter TuSimple, part of an investment by Navistar into TuSimple’s self-driving technology and after two years of an ongoing technical relationship between the two companies.

Navistar says the goal is for the companies to co-develop a Level 4 autonomous truck to enter production by 2024.

“Autonomous technology is entering our industry and will have a profound impact on our customers’ businesses,” said Persio Lisboa, president and CEO of Navistar. “Navistar’s strategic partnership with TuSimple positions us to be a leader in developing solutions for our customers by leveraging our organizations’ collective expertise to integrate our vehicle design and systems integration capabilities with TuSimple’s innovative autonomous technology.”

TuSimple operates a fleet of 40 trucks in the U.S., and just last month it announced a partnership with major fleets like UPS and U.S. Xpress to build out a nationwide network of regular autonomous hauls. TuSimple says it plans on demonstrating a completely driverless rig by 2021.