DHL Partners TuSimple on Autonomous Trucking

  • January 3, 2022
  • William Payne

Autonomous driving technology company TuSimple and DHL Supply Chain are collaborating to adopt, integrate and scale TuSimple’s autonomous trucking technology into DHL’s operations. The collaboration is part of DHL’s Accelerated Digitalisation strategy which focuses on addressing challenges facing the logistics industry.

The partnership opens the door for collaboration in other markets such as Europe and Asia in the future. With the integration of TuSimple’s L4 technology into its network, DHL aims to leverage the potential of TuSimple’s industry-leading autonomous driving technology specifically designed to meet the demands of heavy-duty trucks.

TuSimple established an autonomous freight network in 2020 in the US. The company has since expanded its operations from Arizona to Florida, with plans to create a nationwide freight transportation network over the next few years. Concurrent with its expansion of the AFN in the US, TuSimple has initiated efforts in Europe and Asia, where it is testing its autonomous trucks on public roads in Sweden and in Asia at the deep-water port in Shanghai.

“Partnering with leading-edge technology companies is foundational to our digital transformation strategy, and TuSimple will play a key role in supporting our adoption of next wave transportation solutions,” said Jim Monkmeyer, President, Transportation, DHL Supply Chain. “We share TuSimple’s vision of utilising efficiencies to drive a more sustainable future and have been encouraged by the results so far.”

“We’re excited to be working with DHL, one of the world’s largest logistics leaders, to help them adopt, integrate and scale our autonomous trucking technology into their operations,” said Cheng Lu, President, and CEO, TuSimple. “This new partnership further validates the appetite for autonomous trucking technology as the industry looks for ways to increase freight capacity, improve safety, and control operating costs.”