TuSimple, a Chinese self-driving truck start-up backed by graphic chip manufacturer Nvidia, is in talks with 10 ports in China to deliver its autonomous trucks, according to Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post.
“Autonomous logistics solutions will be more cost efficient for ports,” Hao Jiannan, co-founder of the Beijing and San Diego-based firm said at a launch event in Beijing earlier this week. “It represents the trend to follow in the future.”
TuSimple is one of more than 20 Chinese autonomous truck start-ups that have launched since 2016. TABU, founded by the former R&D head of ride hailing firm Didi Chuxing, is another Chinese firm competing with US tech giants like Uber, Google’s Waymo and Tesla’s Semi, as the market for autonomous trucks heats up.
A number of ports around the world, such as giants Singapore and Rotterdam, are already using autonomous trucks in their container opertations.
Meanwhile, NIO Capital, a private equity fund founded by Chinese electric car start-up NIO, said earlier this week it plans to develop autonomous electric trucks with the country’s internet of things firm G7 and logistics provider GLP.