TuSimple Sends Fully Autonomous Semi 80 Miles, Without A Human On Board

San Diego-based autonomous driving company TuSimple reports that it has sent its first, fully autonomous semi–without even a safety driver in the truck–80 miles, going from Tucson, Arizona to Phoenix. According to TuSimple, its truck made its 80 mile run on December 22nd, traveling from a railyard in Tucson, navigating surface streets and a highway at night, and arrived at a high volume distribution center in Phoenix. The company said the drive was the first time a class 8 autonomous truck has operated on open public roads without a human in the vehicle and without human intervention. TuSimple said the experiment did include a survey vehicle ahead of the truck, along with an oversight vehicle and law enforcement following closely behind in case of any anomalies.