Story at a glance:

  • An autonomous semitruck drove from Arizona to Oklahoma in about 14 hours.
  • For most people, that trip it would take around 24 hours to complete.
  • The self-driving truck successfully drove without accidents, but there was a supervisor behind the wheel who occasionally took over.

An autonomous semi-truck drove from Arizona to Oklahoma in about 14 hours, showing that trucks may be heading in the direction of being self-sufficient.

A tech company called TuSimple successfully tested its semi-truck to transport watermelons from one state to another, Vice News reported. 


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However, what is perhaps most impressive is that the trip took 10 hours less than what it would have taken for a human. For most people, that trip would have taken around 24 hours to complete, Alt Driver reported, because human drivers require breaks every so often.

Although the self-driving truck managed to deliver the melons without accidents, there was a supervisor behind the wheel.

The supervisor seized control about 20 percent of the time at the beginning of the trip and the end while in dense city areas. 

The majority of the trip was TuSimple’s technology acting on its own.

As Changing America previously reported, Tesla, a leading electric vehicle maker in the American marketplace, is facing pressure from highway authorities for its automation feature Autopilot, after several reported accidents.


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Published on Jul 15, 2021