Postal Service tests mail shipments on self-driving trucks

United States Postal Service testing TuSimple's autonomous trucks

The US Postal Service is working with a self-driving truck company to test autonomous mail deliveries along a key route in the Southwest.

A truck driver and safety engineer will remain on board the truck during the two week trial, TuSimple says. Self-driving trucks could save hundreds of millions by eliminating human drivers and the hours-of-service rules that keep them from driving round the clock. "We are actually trying to minimize marking", Price said, "because we find that people tend to either get distracted in amazement or distracted in the devious way and try to mess with us". The company will swap out its drivers at stopping points to comply with hours-of-service limits. While self-driving mail trucks are still years-if not decades-away, autonomous long-haul trucking might be realistic much sooner.

This type of time-critical, longhaul route that typically requires team drivers is particularly well-suited to automation, said Chuck Price, chief product officer at TuSimple. "It's a sweet spot for autonomy".

TuSimple's self-driving system relies primarily on cameras, along with radar and lidar sensors, to track the vehicle's environment.

Level 4 vehicles are "designed to perform all safety-critical driving functions and monitor roadway conditions for an entire trip" according to the D.O.T. "The work with TuSimple is our first initiative in autonomous long-haul transportation", Frum said.

"This pilot is just one of many ways the Postal Service is innovating and investing in its future".

Crusaders strongly refute allegations of homophobic behavior
The incident allegedly took place in Cape Town late Saturday after the Super Rugby side's 19-19 draw with the Stormers. That's where the misinterpretation came. "He just can't understand how it's got to this platform".

Morton, Rays aim for rare series win at Yankees
Two costly unmade plays that extended the inning, Ji-Man Choi not catching a pop-up and Willy Adames bouncing a throw to first. AL Cy Young Award victor Blake Snell left trailing 1-0 after six innings, bouncing a run-scoring wild pitch in the third.

Apple’s latest MacBook Pro refresh once again addresses keyboard issues
As part of its mid-year refresh, Apple has swapped to slightly faster 9th Gen processors for its various notebooks. The MacBook Pro lineup now comes in a range of configurations depending the performance demand of the user.

In February, USPS issued a request for information on autonomous-vehicle technology for its own mail-delivery vehicles.

The USPS hasn't committed to using autonomous semis on a full-time basis, but the technology could prove to be a time - and money saver - for the delivery service.

Success of the pilot program with TuSimple could also be a game changer for the Post Office.

The company operates its US fleet of self-driving trucks out of Tucson, Ariz., and is in the process of expanding that fleet to 50 vehicles.

TuSimple has raised $178 million in funding since its founding in 2015.



Latest news

U.S. warship sails in disputed South China Sea amid trade tensions
Air Force patrols are not provocative but will press on to ensure everybody can fly where worldwide laws allow them to, he said. Navy will sail what are known FONOPS within that limit to challenge a country's excessive maritime territorial claims.

Tarantino is back in Cannes, 25 years after 'Pulp Fiction'
And I feel very blessed to have gotten that ticket to be able to do movies. Are you excited to see the film later this Summer? That's me.

Three Handwritten Wills Discovered In Aretha Franklin's Home
If the newly-discovered 2014 will is honored, control of Franklin's state would be handed over to Franklin's son Kecalf Franklin. Some of the four-page document is almost illegible, and it is full of cross outs and notes added to the margins.

Man urinated on memorial to boy who died of cancer
This should have never happened, ' Bellace said. "We went down there, we came with gloves, and we got it cleaned up", he said. Bryan's father, Bruce, learned of what happened after people contacted his wife on Facebook.

San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues Betting Pick
After playing 7:29 in the opening frame, Karlsson logged just 3:03 in the second period and did not come out for the third. The Sharks will try to rally themselves with the knowledge they are 4-0 when facing elimination in these playoffs.

US delays Huawei ban, giving tech sector time to adjust
It also means loss of Android licence for Huawei, forcing it to use the open source version of the operating system. The Commerce Department then moved to blacklist Huawei and 68 related companies from doing business with USA firms.

Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays Prediction, Preview, and Odds
When word filtered out that he was not in the starting lineup, disgruntled fans roasted the Blue Jays on social media. Toronto Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr . finally broke out in a big way, and his efforts didn't go unnoticed.

Indias Kohli says World Cup will be a hit for runs
In London you might not face that issue but if you go up north and when it does get overcast, you can see things happening. You don't have any room for complacency and that is why it is the World Cup and the most important tournament.

Abortion rights rally draws at least 1,000 in downtown Portland
Willie Parker, one of two doctors providing abortions at the Alabama Women's Center in Huntsville recently. Demonstrators held signs with messages that included "Trust women" and "We are not ovary-acting".

Doctor Who VR game announced, bringing THOSE series villains to life
Equipped with the Sonic Screwdriver, players will be able to pilot the TARDIS and venture through VR to new and familiar worlds. Another chapter in the BBC time-hopping saga will be coming later this year in the form of a Doctor Who VR game.

'Falcon and Winter Soldier' Series: Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter
How I think he's going to become involved is through his previous connections to Hydra. We last saw him ordered to a sentence at the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre.

Bose smart speakers add Google Assistant to Amazon Alexa
The rest of the Bose smart speaker and soundbar lineup is already available, if you'd rather splurge for one of those devices. Once it is installed, you'll find the setting to switch to Google Assistant under the Voice Settings in the Bose Music App.

Netflix just released three new trailers for ‘Black Mirror’ season 5
Official synopsis: A cab driver with an agenda becomes the centre of attention on a day that rapidly spirals out of control . The first, Striking Vipers , stars Nicole Beharie , Anthony Mackie , and Aquaman's Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.

Trump says he hopes there'll be no war between US, Iran
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks in a meeting with governmental officials in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. US President Donald Trump said Thursday that he hopes mounting tensions with Iran do not spiral into war.

Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro Go Official with Quad Cameras
As ever, though, Honor has no current plan to bring either phone - or the even more affordable Honor 20 Lite - to the US. Nevertheless, Honor already confirmed that it is launching its Honor 20 series in the Indian market on June 11 .

Other news