TuSimple and Ryder System Inc. announce a partnership that aims to leverage select Ryder fleet maintenance facilities to serve as terminals on TuSimple’s Autonomous Freight Network (AFN). The announcement comes as TuSimple expands its footprint across the U.S. to meet rising consumer demands.
Through the partnership, TuSimple and Ryder will work together to identify existing Ryder facilities to serve as terminals along the TuSimple AFN. Terminals are secure facilities and serve as the start and end point for autonomous driving missions. These facilities can have multiple heavy-duty trucks and trailers come and go 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. By adding more terminals to TuSimple’s AFN, shippers and fleets will have greater access to autonomous freight operations. Leveraging Ryder’s existing freight trucking terminals, TuSimple can quickly scale across the country without needing to build new facilities, the company says.
Today, TuSimple’s fleet of more than 50 autonomous trucks (SAE L4) transport freight for customers across the states of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Later this year, TuSimple expects to expand operations to the East Coast, carrying freight between Phoenix, Ariz., and Orlando, Fla. By working closely with Ryder to utilize its existing infrastructure.
“The trucking industry is on the verge of a massive disruption, and we’re seeing strong demand for access to reliable autonomous capacity from shippers, carriers, and fleets. The partnership with Ryder will enable us to grow our operational footprint to continue to meet these needs and set the pace for industry adoption,” says TuSimple President and CEO Cheng Lu.
Initially, the partnership will focus on Ryder’s facilities in the Southern U.S. However, with Ryder’s nationwide network of more than 500 maintenance facilities, the partnership has the potential to rapidly scale
“With this partnership we believe Ryder is positioned to become a leader in the servicing of autonomous trucks. Ryder is focused on how to best leverage our vast location footprint, maintenance operations, and visibility tools to lead in the future world of autonomy. Partnering with TuSimple will help bring autonomous operations to market more quickly, while also providing Ryder access to new and emerging revenue streams,” says Karen Jones, Ryder executive vice president, chief marketing officer and head of New Product Innovation.